Huntsville, AL | Blue Compass | ExpeditionHacks
Create an approach using GIS and other large data sets to predict and preserve conservation, preservation and sustainability of our world's resources.
ExpeditionHacks, developers, entrepeneurs, preservation, sustainability, resources, conservation, food, energy, hackathon
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Huntsville, AL

May 2 - 3, 2016

winners

Grand prize winners Micah Cleveland and Larry Wilbourn won with their submission of Mobile Damage Assessment.

The winning team created a solution to help first responders by displaying and reporting damaged structures and injured personnel in emergency situations. The main goal of their submission is to help triage wounded patients and provide first responders with a view of critical information.

CHALLENGE

We are partnered with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to bring you the very first ExpeditionHacks hackathon! We are eager to bring together the best and brightest to hack unclassified geospatial datasets and open source tools in an effort to collaborate towards more useful and efficient solutions for disaster response and recovery.

We are interested in working with participants to identify and create new, interactive and efficient ways of reading, disseminating, and analyzing tons of data from disparate systems. We highly encourage leveraging open source tools and other software solutions participants bring to the table. This hackathon is not just for those entrenched in the geo world! We’re interested in everything from new mapping interfaces, mobile solutions, light-weight and portable information dashboards, hardware integrations with commercial off-the-shelf tools like sensors and UAVs and everything in between!

JUDGES

Dr. Haregu Ferede, PhD

HACKATHON PROGRAM MANAGER, NATIONAL
GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Chris Johnson

GEOHUNTSVILLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Eric Grigorian

BOARD MEMBER, ROCKET HATCH;
FOUNDER, INCROWD CAPITAL ALABAMA

Chad Tillman, NREMT, COOP, CBCP

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HUNTSVILLE-MADISON
COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD, INC.

PRIZES

Grand Prize:
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Mentorship from Antonio Montoya, CEO RocketHatch; Opportunity
  • Opportunity to pitch your solution to tech leaders during Innovate Huntsville
  • Two standard tickets to Will This Fly?
1st Runner Up:
  • $500 cash prize
  • 12 months Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for up to 5 team members
Additional Prizes:
  • Four 3D virtual sets which include head phones, Samsung phones and VR gears

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 2nd

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 3rd

9:00 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 CompassAegisGeoHuntsville
AdobeCompass HSVCummings Research ParkRedHat
GitHubSamsungAngelHack

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