Happenings

NASA announces NTL's Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge

March 10, 2014

Harvard-NTL is proud to announce a joint challenge with NASA, Planetary Resources, and topcoder in the first of many prized-based algorithm tournaments that will help citizen scientists find and track near earth objects such as asteroids. This challenge tasks competitors to develop a significantly improved algorithm to identify asteroids in images from ground-based telescopes. The winning solution will increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data, and run effectively on all computers Asteroids pose both a possible threat and Read more about NASA announces NTL's Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge

Innovative Thinkers from Around the World Create New Technologies for Predicting Mass Atrocities

November 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Humanity United today announced the winners of the Model Challenge, the final round of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention. Run in collaboration with the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab, the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation and TopCoder, the Model Challenge asked innovative problem solvers to create algorithmic models that can help forecast when and where mass atrocities are likely to occur. USAID and Humanity United hope that human rights organizations Read more about Innovative Thinkers from Around the World Create New Technologies for Predicting Mass Atrocities

Venture Beat: NASA needs you to bring the Internet to deep space

November 2, 2013

Unlike TCP(Transmission Control Protocol), RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol), or UDP (User Diagram Protocol), the new protocol needs to be able to handle all kinds of disruption without losing data or security.

So now, NASA and others are working on DTN: Disruption Tolerant Networking, a new architecture that takes into account stuff like massive distances, interference from stars, low-power devices, planetary rotation, you name it.

After a series of experiments on DTN technology last year, NASA space comms chief Badri Younes said, “The demonstration showed the feasibility Read more about Venture Beat: NASA needs you to bring the Internet to deep space

NASA, Harvard & TopCoder Partner to Develop a Secure Solar System Internet Protocol

October 31, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/31/13 -- TopCoder, the world's largest professional development and design community, with NASA and the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab (at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science), today announced the launch of a series of innovation challenges that will develop foundational technological Read more about NASA, Harvard & TopCoder Partner to Develop a Secure Solar System Internet Protocol

Google Hangout with NASA, Harvard, and UCSD

September 12, 2013
You can also join us for a Google hangout! Albert Lin, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and UC San Diego Research Scientist, Karim Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and Jason Crusan, the Director of NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems will discuss the challenge in detail at 1:00pm EDT on Friday, September 13th . Learn how crowdsourcing and open innovation can be applied to create machine learning algorithms that accelerate historical discoveries and how NASA assesses satellite imagery. To join the hangout, visit NASA Read more about Google Hangout with NASA, Harvard, and UCSD

EPA Cyanobacteria Predictive App Challenge

August 26, 2013

Algae are natural components of marine and fresh water flora performing many roles that are vital for the health of ecosystems. However, excessive growth of algae becomes a nuisance to users of water bodies for recreation activities and to drinking water providers. Excessively dense algal growth could alter the quantity and quality of light in the water column. Some types of algae may also cause harm through the release of toxins. When conditions like light availability, warm weather, low turbulence and high nutrient levels are favorable, algae can rapidly multiply causing “blooms.” When Read more about EPA Cyanobacteria Predictive App Challenge