Technological heavy hitters, Google and DARPA to name a few, are demonstrating the value found in challenging both experts and the community at large to take on complex technical problems. Challenges such as the Google X-Prize empower a range of participants -- from the technological genius to the average Joe -- to devise and execute innovative ideas that otherwise may not have seen the light of day. From the sponsoring organization's perspective, these activities present a low-risk, high-payoff activity: the organization will get to select the best technical solution, regardless of the level of work exerted by the participants. The competition thus becomes a win-win situation for both the participants, who work towards winning the prize and the publicity that comes with it, and the sponsoring organization, who benefits from fresh, crowd-sourced ideas. How can accomplished organizations with established technical objectives best use open innovation challenges to further their goals? Systems Engineering students at The George Washington University, led by Ottawa-native Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber, want to figure that out.
International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has agreed to be this year’s Calgary Stampede parade marshal after the twitter-verse met the universe. Followinga series of tweets and a YouTube plea from Stampede officials, Hadfield agreed to lead the parade while tweeting in space.
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Canada's first Earth Observation satellite has been officially declared non-operational after a final anomaly consigned the satellite to what will be a very slow de-orbit to a final fiery burn-up in the Earth's atmosphere.
The anomaly that took RADARSAT-1 out of commission on March 29th wasn't its first, but it was its last. Read more at SpaceRef Canada.
Ready to take the next step with your satnav idea? ESA's business incubation centres are offering help through this year's European Satellite Navigation Competition. For the tenth time, the competition is calling for services, products and business innovations that use satellite-based navigation to improve everyday life.
From a vantage point 400 kilometers above the North Atlantic Ocean, Chris Hadfield lead thousands of Canadians in song today. As part of Music Monday, thousands of Canadians joined Commander Hadfield in singing I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing).
The International Space Station had just passed over the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador at 12:30 pm.m EDT when Hadfield joined hundreds of students gathered at the Ontario Science Centre via teleconference. CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen was present to greet Chris and moderate a question and answer period with Commander Hadfield after the song. Read more at SpaceRef Canada.