International CitySmart challenge 2016

By on 9 February, 2016

Screenshot of 2013 winning entry Gaea+Open Source, developed by Solovenian organisation XLAB.


The organisers of the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge have announced the details of this year’s international geospatial development competition, with a theme of ‘CitySmart’ aimed to ensure a future of smart and sustainable cities.

This marks the fourth edition of the NASA Europa challenge, which is guided by the NASA World Wind team and the Eurpoean Commision’s INPIRE Directive. The aim of the challenge is to inspire ideas for building great applications that serves the INSPIRE Directive and uses NASA’s open source virtual globe technology World Wind.

The CitySmart Europa Challenge is challenging the world’s best and brightest to deliver sustainable solutions serving city needs in both student and professional categories.

The competition organisers described the CitySmart challenge as follows:

Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. How can we help cities work together to be more sustainable, more livable and more resilient? 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 with each other, massively increasing our planet’s collective productivity.  

Simply build a great application that serves some aspect of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA’s open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. Whether you win or not, you will advance a platform that allows every city to win! This challenge is open to all on our home planet.

The deadline to make your project website and code available to the world is July 1 2016. Winners will be hosted at the 2015 FOSS4G-Europe in Como, Italy, 14-17 July.

Propose your project online now to accept the challenge.



The top teams and take home the NASA Europa Challenge crystal bull.


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