Tue, 20 Aug, 2019

Participants of Space App Challenge Share Their Experience

By Ashish Bikram Lamichane

Photo Courtesy: DeerExpress Club On 11th and 12th April, eight DWIT students, divided into two groups, participated in the International Space Apps Challenge organized by Young Innovations, SERVIR Himalaya and ICIMOD. The two groups, Forest Monitor and Mapping and Open Crop Harvest, both consisted of 5 members. One student in Open Crop Harvest was from another college. The group members for the Forest Monitor and Mapping were Abhishek Gupta, Shuniel Lamsal, Sushil Pokhrel, Surya Raj Timsina and Sanjeev Mainali. The group members for the Open Crop Harvest were Sagar Giri, Sachin Aryal, Sumit Shrestha and Arun Jung Karki. All the participants except Abhishek Gupta participated in the competition for the first time. As they have gained some experience of the competition, they were asked to share their experience with the other students on 16th April. The program began with Sagar Giri, the leader of Open Crop Harvest, sharing his experience. He said, “If we code whole heartedly then we can make an application in 2 days.” Then the group leader of Forest Monitor and Mapping, Abhishek Gupta, shared his experience. It was the second time he had participated in the competition. He said that he was prepared to win the competition. He added, “I had completed my task for the competition before the program had begun and I was full spirited to help others.” The program continued with other team members sharing their experience. Sumit Shrestha, one of the participants, came to share his experience. The way he shared his experience was very funny. He said, “Our group came up with the idea after they reached the venue. Towards the beginning, the team was very depressed as we didn't know what to do. But when I made the doodle for the app, my team’s confidence was lifted.” One by one, every team member shared their experience. Towards the end of the program, Hitesh Karki, the Chief Academic Officer at DWIT, remarked, “Whenever one steps into a competition, one needs to win. Hope the teams perform even stronger in the next challenge.” The program lasted for about two hours and the audience was left with the following message: “It is necessary to participate in the app challenges at least once. The competition helps to know new technologies and we can also know what level we are in."