NASA’s OpenGov Office supported and actively participated at November’s Science Hack Day in Palo Alto, CA, where scientists, engineers, developers, and designers came together to complete a variety of projects, ranging from a Android phone controlled rover to an GPS carrying balloon that could be used to quickly map a wide area. Through their involvement, the NASA team gained valuable feedback on how to best interact with Citizen Scientists to provide them with the tools and data they need to succeed.
The team is now planning a similar event to hold in Texas later this year. The event will be coordinated with Space Life Sciences and is meant to engage “makers” - an emerging class of hackers who blur the line between raw science data and the physical world with an interest in bringing science and technology together. Scientists, engineers, developers and designers will be invited and encouraged to join teams to develop, solder, construct, assemble and present projects related to life sciences and NASA data. The event will provide the NASA’s Open Government team another opportunity to make NASA data more available and accessible.