Seattle, WA | Blue Compass | ExpeditionHacks
Purpose of this hackathon was to develop an application or concept that curates large sets of information (such as a day's worth of news) and filters it down to a daily brief for high-level decision makers.
ExpeditionHacks, Austin, developers, entrepeneurs, curate, information, decision-makers, national security, hackathon
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Seattle, WA

May 20 - 21, 2017

winners

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?

Challenges:

  • 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.

CHALLENGE

JUDGES

Nathalie Steinmetz

CO-FOUNDER, PRODUCT & ENGINEERING
LEAD AT SHE’S CODING

Terry Kong

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
ENGINEER, AMAZON

Cynthia Tee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT ADA
DEVELOPER ACADEMY

Eloisa Tran

DATA SCIENTIST AND TECH
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Jeffrey Scott

NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE
AGENCY, SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

PRIZES

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

RULES & INFORMATION

GENERAL RULES

  • 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. 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

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 AM – Midnight Snack
12:00 AM – 8:00 AM Hack Through The Night!

 

Sunday, May 21st

8:00 AM – Breakfast
12:00 PM – 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 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.

SPONSORS

NGABlue CompassVencore
New Tech - NorthwestUltraPressHackerNestDAN Solutions

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