Nepal team bags honourable mention in Global NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2013

31 May 2013

The winning team from the International Space Apps Challenge: Kathmandu Hackathon in Nepal was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Most Inspiring Category during the announcement of the Global Award Winners for the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge on 22 May. The winning team, Mars Rover, designed an easy-to-use tool to teach children programattic thinking without the need for technical programming knowledge.

The Kathmandu Hackathon was organized by ICIMOD and Young Innovations within the framework of the SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative supported by USAID and NASA which was held in Kathmandu 20–21 April. The participants worked continuously for 48 hours to produce hardware/software applications in response to the global environmental problems. Out of the 17 participating teams, the first position was secured by Mars Odyssey, the second position by Team Phoenix, and third by Deep Space 2. The projects of the first two teams were sent to the global award competition.

To view official project pages and winners from all the categories, visit