July 29 - 30, 2017
Imagine and design solutions that use GIS, imagery information and other big data sources to shape a better future. Develop an application, platform or process that represents useful ways you envision technology will have a real world impact, in Austin, and beyond. Be creative! No problem is too big or too small.

Ideas to consider:

  • What kind ofindicators and warningsexist to predict social unrest? (food, weather, crime, employment, health, education, etc)

  • UtilizeArtificial Intelligenceand Machine Learning to prevent social unrest.

  • What other new and growing technologies can you use to interpret and manipulate large data sets?

  • Can you createautomated workflowsthat will reduce need for human analysis?

  • Analyze location data about large sporting events to improveplanning and risk management(e.g., types and locations of services and support personnel)

  • Or anything else that inspires you!


Grand Prize:
Best use of HERE API:
Most Creative:

Amazon Echos
JetBrains Licenses

Innovative Programming
Big Data
Geospatial Analysis


PLEASE NOTE: When you register and/or purchase your ticket to this event you are accepting the terms of the Participant Agreement and code of conduct.

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Once at the venue, all teams must register on Dev Post in order to participate.

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All code created for the event should be submitted to GitHub and tagged with the topic "nga" for future reference.


  • Col. Marco DiPaolo

    Enterprise Innovation Office, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • Johan Borge

    CEO of The Techmap
  • Jonathon Ortiz

    Data Scientist,


Grand Prize:
Best use of HERE API:
Most Creative:

Amazon Echos
JetBrains Licenses


Rules & Information

  • A max of 5 people per team will be enforced.
  • All participants must be in the building for kick-off and demos.
  • All code must be fresh.
  • Participants must provide their own laptops, and mobile/tablet devices for use during the event.
  • Seats are limited to 100 workstations.
  • Come on your own or create a team. We also want to encourage collaboration among attendees so if you find a team or person with a valuable asset to support your idea/concept, feel free to team up when you arrive.
  • External hard drives are permitted for the hacking event itself. If you want a power strip bring it!
  • As much as we appreciate people’s interest, no one will be allowed inside the event other than participants, sponsor representatives, subject matter experts and invited media. No spectators please!

Judging Criteria

Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: How impactful will this solution be for it’s target audience? Is it scalable?
  • Creativity: How original is this solution?
  • Design: How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX?
  • Execution: How well executed is this solution from start to finish?

Tools, Data, and IP Rights

Participants are allowed to use the open source tools provided by NGA’s GitHub site ( in addition to other commercially known open source tools. If you do not yet have a GitHub account you can sign up upon registration. Participants are also encouraged to use their own proprietary solutions to develop creative and efficient products. If you are representing a company, your company’s proprietary software assets are also allowed to be used with the appropriate permission within your organization. Please reference the Terms and Conditions data to confirm that all IP rights remain with the participant and/or the organization they are representing.

All participants must agree to the terms and conditions


Schedule subject to change.

Saturday July 29th

  • 9:00 AM Doors Open, Breakfast Served
  • 10:00 AM Opening Ceremony
  • 10:30 AM Hacking Begins
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 PM Technology Breakout Sessions
  • 6:00 PM Dinner Served
  • 8:00 PM Pitch Workshop
  • 11:30 PM Midnight Snack
  • 12:00 AM – 8:00 AM Hack through the night!

Sunday July 30th

  • 7:30 AM Breakfast
  • 11:30 AM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Code Freeze/Hacking Ends!
  • 3:00 PM Live Demos Begin!

Upon completion, will have a casual social to cap the event and allow people to socialize about their ideas.

Sunday Afternoon Presentations

  • Each participant and/or participant team will present their product or solution to the group on Sunday afternoon.
  • Presentations will be 3 minutes long with 2 minutes of questions from judges. Representatives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and other sponsors will be the primary audience for the presentations.
  • No formal presentation is required. Demos of your product or solution will follow this general outline: introduce yourself/teammate, introduce your concept, identify what tools you used, explain (loosely) how you derived your solution and what problem you are solving.
  • Presentations require direct connect from your laptop to the projection system. USB sticks are permitted for presentation purposes.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will have subject matter experts on hand for the entirety of the event to answer content related questions and to give context to the datasets as needed.

Sponsors will be marketing this event heavily. Don’t be surprised if a news crew shows up along the way.

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