If you listen to the world news, you might think only bad things have happened in Africa lately. But nothing could be further from the truth—witness the remarkable story of the first NASA Space Apps Challenge hackathon that was recently held in Nigeria, a two-day event of rapid web application development. NASA holds these two-day hackathons around the world, gathering technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs and others to try and come up with solutions to major world problems. In the Nigerian cities of Lagos and Calabar, NASA set out 50 challenges for teams to conquer, ranging from weather-and-climate issues to asteroid detection and space robotics. If you wanted to witness the strong technical and entrepreneurial spirit to be found in Africa, the hackathon was the place to be. More than 200 developers, entrepreneurs, and students participated in the two-day hacking events in both cities. What they created over those days was impressive -- applications to track carbon dioxide pollution by country; educational apps for teaching about space and life here on earth; an app to help farmers be more productive by analyzing weather patterns; and more.