NASA Space Apps Challenge UAM

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, April 22, 2017

Good morning to all.

It is a pleasure to accompany you here today at this inaugural ceremony of the NASA Space Apps Challenge, Hackathon Nicaragua 2017. Thank you UAM and Dr. Ernesto Medina for the invitation.  I love this type of event.  We have young professional programmers with different interests and individuals sharing their talents and interacting with information from NASA to solve problems that can change the world.

We are living in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are seeing new industries of the future such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles and others.  And you are part of this revolution. You are integral members of a global community that addresses real problems on Earth and in space that impacts everyone.  And speaking of Earth, Happy Earth Day!  The Hackathon is an excellent way to celebrate it.

Space exploration data helps identify problems on the ground and provide global solutions.  And all of you are doing your part to protect our planet.  You are making a difference.  I’m glad to see so many women participating in the event.  Women have played a crucial role in scientific milestones.  The best Hackathon projects include the ideas of all, men and women. And UAM is a pioneer in this effort in Nicaragua.  UAM is part of a network. Connecting you with about 15,000 men and women in 160 countries collaborating in the NASA Space Apps Challenge.  I congratulate UAM for converging your synergies.  Now relax, have fun, and change the world!  We look forward to benefiting from your work.

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