Trento hosted the international contest focused on bridging good ideas with leading open source technology. The winning projects concentrated on actual social challenges such as renewable energies, seismic events and drones.

Researchers, companies and students from all over the world met in Trento for the 4th edition of the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge. This competition fosters new solutions to address real problems of the territory and makes the relevant research results available to the entire community of stakeholders worldwide. Solutions are based on a Nasa World Wind virtual 3D maps open source technology made available by NASA.

The event, held for the first time in Trentino and promoted by the Assessorato for research and education of the Autonomous Province of Trento in agreement with NASA, was coordinated by Hub Innovation Trentino (HIT) in cooperation with Politecnico di Milano and Trilogis company.

To ensure a long-term impact on the territory of this opportunity, a special competition track, dedicated to teams composed by students of Trentino high schools, was included in the NASA Challenge. In this framework, HIT implemented a methodological approach, which foresaw technical and project-management support for developing the initial project-ideas presented by students’ teams into competitive projects.

The first day, hosted by the University of Trento at the Technological Polo Ferrari and dedicated to the researchers was focused on providing a brief state of the art of the geo-spatial technologies and a short presentation of the competing projects. The focus of second day, hosted by Trento’s Science Museum Muse, was instead on Trentino’s challenges. Participants worked in cooperation with local stakeholders for identifying innovative solutions for increasing the quality of life in Trentino. The third day was dedicated to the proclamation of the winners of the NASA Challenge 2016, an event which took place in the picturesque setting of Palazzo delle Albere.


The winners of the 2016 edition

There were three competition categories: enterprises, research and secondary school students.
In the enterprises category, the first place was awarded to Skysense Inc., a company from Rovereto (TN), which proposed an innovative drone self-conduction system. This solution offers interesting applications such as the process of monitoring of animals on the territory and of mountain emergencies. In the academic category, it prevailed the analysis of electromagnetic fields as an indicator related to the incidence of earthquakes, rewarding the US’s Earthquake Signal Precursors project. In the student category , the first place was awarded to Sunrise, a project, which offered a methodology for estimating the PV system production based on a number of parameters of solar energy. Targeted to businesses, the project , aimed at better understanding how to harmonize increasing on production levels with the businesses’ requirements. The Sunrise team composed by students enrolled in different Trentino high schools such as the Ladin Institute of Val di Fassa and “Artigianelli” Institute of Trento, has also been identifying a supportive application of the World Wind platform of NASA, for donating funds dedicated to supply solar lamps in the underdeveloped areas of the African continent. This ambtious project was realized in collaboration with various international organizations and agencies such as the European Commission, Enea, SolarAid and Ecogriddy.

Event organising committee