NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 is right around the corner. Space Apps is an international hackathon taking place October 19-21, 2018. Happening around the world, it’s where coders, enthusiasts, makers, scientists, and anyone who is curious come together to address challenges faced on both the Earth and in space. IBM Developer not only provides participants with access to IBM technology for use in this hackathon but also to a library of developer-created assets that show you HOW to use cutting-edge technology in your solutions.

These assets including code patterns and tutorials give you blueprints of the technology – visual representations of how the technology works – and step-by-step instructions on building a functioning application. The purpose is to spark innovation and creativity so that you have a frame of reference of how you can use that technology in your solutions! Along with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), we have created three specific code patterns that show you how to create an app that will: use artificial intelligence to track satellites, use historical data to predict wildfire intensity, and identify cities from space using the Watson Visual Recognition service.

So, get started with these code patterns and get a head start on technology that can help transform the world in the Space Apps Challenge!