Filipino IT iNON’s ISDApp wins NASA Space Apps Challenge Galactic Impact Award

The Filipino IT team of iNON ISDApp emerged as winner of the NASA Space Apps Challenge Galactic Impact Award, one of the six major awards of the 2018 edition of the competition.

After reaching the Top 25 Global Finalists in December 2018, Team iNon emerged as the winning solution for problems on earth and in space.

ISDApp, the winning app seeking to communicate scientific data to fishermen even without Internet connection, was made by IT professionals Revbrain G. Martin, Marie Jeddah Legaspi, and Julius Czar Torreda from team iNON, which stands for “It’s now or never.”

ISDApp is the first community app that aims to effectively communicate useful information to underprivileged fishermen without smartphones and internet.

Named ISDApp, from the Tagalog word “isda” meaning fish, it sends useful information to fishermen such as real-time weather, sunrise and sunset, wind speed, and cloud coverage to plan their fishing activities in catching more fish using the NASA GLOBE Observer app, a data collection from citizen scientists around the world used in concert with NASA satellite data to identify or communicate information, and educating the public about planet Earth.

Fishermen will receive SMS notifications from the Amazon Web Services gateway while local government officials would manage their details using a smartphone app connected to the cloud. NASA scientists and experts consider this fisherfolk app made by Pinoys as one of the solutions “with the most potential to improve life on Earth or in the universe,” therefore nominated as global finalist for Galactic Impact.

Team iNON bested project entries from nearly 18,000 participants and nearly 1,400 teams from local events worldwide submitted for global judging.

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