IBM will offer its Bluemix platform for the NASA Space App Challenge Virtual Event to help developers build applications.
IBM will also collaborate with NASA Space Apps Challenge events globally to offer mentorship, guidance and tutorials for Challenge participants.
The IT giant will offer free access to over a hundred cloud-based services such as Watson analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) tools through Bluemix.
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is a 3-day code-a-thon where developers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators gather to build applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions to bolster space exploration missions. This year, more than 10,000 developers are expected to participate across 136 cities and online through the virtual challenge.
Sandy Carter, general manager, Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, IBM, said: “Using the IBM Cloud, IBM is making it easier for developers to solve NASA challenges by helping them leverage and make sense of data in ways that wouldn’t have been possible even just a few years ago.”
IBM will provide online tutorials to showcase best practices, and will offer dedicated virtual support with access to IBM experts to help guide the development process.
IBM will award up to 30 awards at local Space Apps events for the most innovative use of Bluemix, with winners receiving up to a year of free access to Bluemix and up to 80 hours of technical support and assistance over six months by senior IBM developers.