San Francisco, CA

August 12 - 13, 2017
We're headed to San Francisco in an effort to bring together passionate developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to create innovative approaches to topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, first responders, national security, and environmental conservation. Our sponsors are excited to award cash and prizes to the most innovative creations.

At an ExpeditionHack Series Hackathon, you’re not limited to one challenge. Come with an idea, or an open mind, and build:
  • Geospatial apps that make a positive impact on national security
  • A site that fits a geoint opportunity
  • A VR geospatial ninja game
  • Or anything else related to Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)!
Come to get noticed, get recruited, develop new skills and learn new things in one of our tech talks, make amazing new contacts, network, and hopefully... go home with some sweet, sweet moola! We will be awarding thousands in cash and prizes to the top winning teams, as well as other door prizes and raffles!

Design Thinking
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data


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.

Registration information will be made available as the date for the event nears.

Join the Slack channel!



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

Register your team early! Spare yourself the trauma of the final crunch.


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


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Grand Prize: $3000
1st Runner Up: $1000

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 August 12th

  • 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 August 13th

  • 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.



Is your Agency interested in innovating something similar? Contact Us and let Blue Compass show your Agency how.

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More information will be available as the date nears.
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