Space Health Challenge Re-Launched!

Collaborate with extraterrestrial health experts to tackle space travel’s most intriguing health problems.  Join Health 2.0 Houston and other local innovators on February 7th – 9th at Rice University in Houston, TX and dive in with experienced engineers, programmers, designers and scientists. Our friends at Houston’s Johnson Space Center have provided some amazing, real world challenges.  The cost is only $20 but space is limited so sign up today!

This is a rescheduled event from last October that was put on pause during the government shutdown – but it’s back now and better than ever! Sign up and follow us on Twitter @SpaceHealthHTX

Imagine – looking out at a barren Martian landscape that hasn’t seen a drop of water in millions of years and where the only human life within a billion miles is your three crewmates.  Getting there takes over six months and you have to carry all of your supplies at a launch cost of close to 100k per pound… now imagine one of your crewmates dropping inexplicably to the ground. Would you know how to respond? Would you have the medical resources to handle the situation?

Collaborate with researchers from NASA and some of the best health innovators in the country to keep astronauts healthy in space, and come up with innovations that keep people in remote parts of the world in good health.  We’ll be releasing challenges weekly between now and the event on our website and on Twitter @SpaceHealthHTX – here’s the first two…

Challenge #1 – Saving Time to Save Lives: Emergency Procedure Representation.  For emergency situations in space, every second is crucial.  Currently, the Emergency Operations Procedures for Space are in an instruction manual format that is difficult to decipher.

 The Mission. Create an interface to guide astronauts through standard protocols used in response to emergency situations to enable smooth execution and minimized hesitation

 Challenge #2 – Locating lost items: I spy in space! With the lack of gravity and the amount of things that get sent into space, tools and items are easily lost. This is especially a problem during high pressure situations.

The Mission.  Develop an application to automatically locate misplaced items on the space station via advanced video processing. Think of how in sci-fi movies, robots are able to scan the scene and different objects in view get identified and are displayed on screen along with details.  Think of this as an automated “I spy…”