KC Tech Companies Come Together To Build Apps For NASA Contest

More than 30 people from tech-savvy Kansas City companies like Cerner, VML, Sprint and RareWire spent the weekend competing in NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, an event that drew some 8,000 participants worldwide.

The space agency’s challenges included coming up with apps that would let people take a virtual tour of the moon, visualize solar flares that are invisible to the human eye or trace the location, color and size of a shooting star in a meteor shower.

The Kansas City team created two apps for NASA’s challenges: A game to inform people about NASA’s impact on the economy through spin-off technologies, and a smartphone app that lets the user compare the temperature where he or she is to the temperature on Mars.

NASA will announce winners later this year.

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