NASA will join space agencies from around the world to host the International Space Apps Challenge, where scientists and concerned citizens can help create solutions focused on “making government better and addressing critical issues on our planet.”
The challenge will officially launch in 2012, and NASA is currently working with the other space agency partners to define content and timing of the challenge.
From the Challenge.gov posting:
Space agencies around the world are continuing to focus on a vigorous path of innovation and technological development leading to an array of challenging and inspiring missions to destinations with an incredible potential for discovery. The International Space Apps Challenge provides new opportunities for governments to engage citizens in this exploration mission by leveraging their expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to help address challenges of global importance. The event embraces the concept of ‘open innovation’ to improve performance, inform decision-making, encourage entrepreneurship, and solve problems more effectively.
Updates can be found at open.nasa.gov/appschallenge.