Los Angeles, CA

March 25 - 26, 2017


Team Optimizing Fishery Distribution to Drought Regions
Grand Prize and Crowdsource Vote winners Haoshi Wang, Zhiyuan Wang, Cheng Gu, Ishan Alok, and Yu Ru from team Optimizing Fishery Distribution to Drought Regions.

Runner Up winner of one year subscription to Jet Brains: Team Happy Farmer.

How can we use geospatial information to better understand, model, visualize, and monitor the nexus between food security and regional stability in Morocco? These efforts are important in predicting and understanding humanitarian/military crises.

Here are some ideas for the challenge:

  1. Validate prediction models for crops, such as Wheat, Rice, and Barley.
  2. Based on imagery and available data, where should aid workers setup storage for food based on transportation capabilities and other constraints?
  3. Build a forecasting model to:
    1. predict and improve crop yield
    2. predict when to harvest
    3. Predict ability to harvest crop
    4. Predict ability to store and process crop
    5. Predict ability to distribute crop/processed product
    6. Predict impact on crops from a 2-degree temperature change
Food Security
Modelling & Simulation
National Security


  • Rebecca Bridgeford

    Rebecca Bridgeford

    Municipal Technical Liaison
  • Manuela Rayner

    Manuela Rayner

    NGA Imagery Scientist, Food Security SME
  • Charlie Chapin

    Charlie Chapin

    NGA Tech Scout
  • Mike Costache

    Mike Costache

    Managing Partner, KrowdMentor
  • Chris Kalima

    Chris Kalima

    Director of Product Development, Planet OS
  • Dr. Yai-Yi Chiang, USC

    Dr. Yao-Yi Chiang

    Assistant Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences, USC


Grand Prize: $3000
Crowdsource Vote: $1000
Runner Up: One-year subscription to JetBrains

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 (github.com/ngageoint) 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 March 25th

  • 9:00 AM Doors Open, Breakfast Served
  • 10:00 AM Opening Ceremony
  • 10:30 AM Hacking Begins
  • 11:00 AM 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 March 26th

  • 8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 11:00 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 min 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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