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Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency (NSSA) has announced that online registrations for the NASA Space App 2020 (Take Action) Virtual Hackathon. 

The 48-hour competition, scheduled to be held on Oct 2-3, is open for university and high school students. It is aimed at attracting participants from all over the world who will be then divided into several virtual teams. 

These virtual teams will be provided access to NASA data so they use it to find solutions to some pre-defined challenges. Each team will have 48 hours to come up with their solutions.

The underlying objective behind this hackathon is to motivate young participants into inventing new ideas for usefully presenting complicated space data — be it via games, applications, or some other innovative technical solutions.

It is also aimed at encouraging students to apply their minds, creativity, and problem-solving skills to the space sector.

The hackathon has been organized in collaboration with Clever Play Education and Training and it is backed by four international space agencies including the Canadian Space Agency, the National Center for Space Studies, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the European Space Agency.

For those out of the loop, the NSSA was founded in 2014 with the vision “to promote Bahrain to a position of international prominence in the field of space science for the purpose of achieving comprehensive and sustainable development”.