Seattle, WA

May 20-21, 2017


Grand Prize Winner, No Lost News.

Lots of people curate our news for us (Facebook, CNN, etc) so that we get only the news that we want. What if your job was to curate the top stories to different national security decision-makers that each had their own interests? Due to their incredibly demanding schedules, our nation's leaders receive only a quick briefing with a printed book containing the news and information they need to know. How would you curate a more relevant briefing book for these decision makers?

If you were the curator for these books, how could we use your experiences choosing each day's stories to refine, prioritize, and suggest the most relevant content for future briefing books?


  • We use a private cloud. Your solution can use all the data sources you want, but your technology (compute power, machine learning, etc.) must be able to exist within a private cloud.
  • Each briefer has multiple customers and therefore will build multiple books from a variety of feeds.
  • Collect


    • Nathalie Steinmetz

      Nathalie Steinmetz

      Co-founder, Product & Engineering Lead at She’s Coding
    • Terry Kong

      Terry Kong

      Business Intelligence Engineer, Amazon
    • Cynthia Tee

      Cynthia Tee

      Executive Director at Ada Developer Academy
    • Eloisa Tran

      Eloisa Tran

      Data Scientist and Tech Community Organizer
    • Jeff Scott

      Jeffrey Scott

      National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Software Developer


    Grand Prize: $10,000
    1st Runner Up: $1000
    Crowd Favorite $500
    Most Creative $500

    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 May 20th

    • 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 May 21st

    • 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 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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