For the first time Bangladesh has become World Champion at NASA Space Apps Challenge. In Best Use of Data Category ‘Team Olik’ from Sylhet has secured top place by beating 1395 teams around the world.
At the primary result announced on Dec 8, 2018 ‘Team Olik’ made it to top four along with teams from California, Kuala Lumpur and Yamaguchi, Japan. Team Olik became Champion from Sylhet Division in 2018’s NASA Space Apps Challenge - National Hack-a-Thon.
Team Olik’s have made a VR application. Using this application user can experience the NASA lunar landing site in virtual reality. This Lunar VR Project intends to provide experience in virtual reality. It is portable and educative at the same time.
At this historical moment Posts, Telecommunications & ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar, ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP and Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA)’s Managing Director (Secretary) Hosne Ara Begum, ndc have expressed their delights.
Mustafa Jabbar said, Digital Bangladesh is developing by hand holding with the youths of this country. Youth lead Team Olik from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology has made us proud. BASIS under the initiative of BASIS Students’ Forum has been organizing NASA Space Apps Challenge every year. Congratulation goes to BASIS & Team Olik. This is another benchmark in the development of Digital Bangladesh.
Regarding this achievement BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir said, this year our aim was to do better than the rest three sessions. This year we have become world champion. This is a great achievement for our country. BASIS is working relentlessly in the process of building Digital Bangladesh. This achievement is one of the milestones in our Journey. I congratulate Team Olik on their brilliant success.
NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 Bangladesh Convener Didarul Alam said, our participants have done excellent in the international phase. I would like to congratulate Team Olik on their brilliant success. This is the achievement of Bangladesh. I would like to especially thank BASIS President, Co Convener Ariful Hasan Opu, Head Judge (Bangladesh) Mahdee-Uz-Zaman and Project Coordintor Md. Wasek Sazzad for making this event a great success.
Team Olik’s Team Leader Abu Sabiq Mahdi said, achieving the title of World Champion at NASA Space Apps Challenge is itself a triumph for us and for our beloved country. We would like to express our gratitude to our moderator Bishwapriyo Chakrabarty, Assistant Professor, CSE, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology and BASIS for preparing us & giving us this platform. We know the immense expectation of Bangladesh in this regard. We will always work hard to uplift our country.
This year 40 projects were sorted out among 2000 projects. From Bangladesh, nine cities (Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal and Comilla) have participated in this Global Hack-a-Thon.
Champion teams from six categories will get the chance to go to NASA and work as interns in NASA’s project.