Sustain Our World!

Helsinki Finland! 29-31 August 2017!

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Solutions For Sustainable Cities!

The Europa Challenge is a world challenge, guided by Europe's INSPIRE Directive. We challenge you to bring the world closer together through urban management solutions that YOU build and share with every other city! The Europa Challenge asks the world's *best and brightest* to develop solutions serving your local community needs that challenge every other city to do the same! And benefit each other with the results.

Almost every city needs the same data management ^tools^ as every other city. How can we help cities work together to be more sustainable and more livable? If cities were able to share their solutions with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating. Each city could develop different functionalities and then 'share' these results with each other, massively increasing our planet's collective productivity.  

Your challenge, simply build a great application that serves some aspect of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. By doing this you will advance a platform that allows every city to win! This challenge is open to all on our home planet.

See the 2016 Projects, 2015 Projects, 2014 Projects and 2013 Projects. India and China have had top teams in previous years, and Italy every year! Even a High School team from Kodiak Alaska won First Place in 2015 and 2016! You too can be one of the top teams and take home the NASA Crystal Bull!

NWW bull

How to win?

There are two ways to win. One is as a University Project (or High School), and the other is as a Professional Project. The top three teams in each track, University and Professional, will receive the 'NASA Crystal Bull' award! And some cash for the top project in each.

University Project

Advance your career opportunities, build a great application that serves any part of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. To do this you must first establish a team of three to five students, from a single University (or High School), with any mix of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Graduate students may enter as a single individual (there is *no team requirement for graduate students* but teams are still encouraged!). Each undergraduate or graduate team must have a mentor. The mentor can be a professor, an associate or assistant professor, or an official lecturer at the same university as the team. Together they decide, design and build a spatial data application that serves local, regional, national or international interests guided by the OpenCitySmart design and the INSPIRE Directive.

GODAN Project

Same criteria as above only these teams are oriented to the GODAN 'local farming' research priorities that advance local food production. Agriculture must respond to an increasing urban population and changing climate conditions. Optimising local food production to wisely support our nutrition needs is an area where creative solutions are essential to our future. Please be sure to identify your project as GODAN related since they are being judged seperately.

Professional SME Project

Same criteria as above only there is no limit on team members or any mentor requirement. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s talents, while providing premier value to the world community. And in the process, have some brilliant fun!


Propose your project now! Visit the "Accept the Challenge" tab to participate. The deadline to make your project website and code available to the world is 7 August 2017. Part of the final submission will be a three-minute video that describes and shows your app in action!

Organised by:


nasaNASA World Wind
polimiPolitecnico di Milano - Polo Territoriale di Como




Ultrahack Helsinki
geoforallGeo for All
godanGODAN, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition