iSpot it! focuses on the social aspects of the ISS with the intention of creating awareness, staying connected and making the ISS fun! The iSpot it! iPhone/iPad app allows you to have all of the ISS social media links in the palm of your hand, the ability to track your location and share it when the ISS has been spotted, a link to watch the USStream LIVE CAM and a page to join the mailing list to receive alerts.
On April 20-21 2013, over 9,000 people around the world participated in the galaxy's largest mass collaboration ever - the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. More than 9,000 hackers, designers, and explorers in 83 cities and from all the world made this the largest hackathon in history.
The Challenge exemplifies the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration by utilizing openly available data, supplied through NASA missions and technology, and the talent and skill of passionate volunteers from around the planet to advance space exploration and improve the quality of life on Earth.
An unbelievable 770 solutions were submitted from around the world, and thousands of people worked together to address challenges and create immeasurable amount of enthusiasm and investment in exploration. Of those solutions, 134 were nominated for global recognition.
Nicaragua participated in this global event hosted by the UAM and presented to NASA their two top solutions that would enter the global nominations. Of these two solutions, the project iSpot it! elaborated by 8th grade American Nicaraguan Students Andrew Slick, Juan Pablo Abaunza, Fernando Ortiz and iOS developer Sheila Slick received Global Honorable Mention for "Most Inspiring", a solution that captured their hearts and attention.