New York, NY | 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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New York, NY

November 12 - 13, 2016

winners

Grand prize winners Sajal Arora & Asheik Hussain from team VIV.

Our planet is drastically changing but we do not notice these changes since they occur in small increments. VIV is a data visualization tool which displays the changes in key variables that affect our climate, with a time series viewing mode allowing users to see how these variables change and make comparisons between data sets to view trends. With this data we can make decisions on energy conservation initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and see the impact that is made.

CHALLENGE

By all indications, the future sees population increasing and densifying within urban areas, and growth halting elsewhere. Whether we face a future where technologies increasingly reduce cities’ dependence on the hinterlands for food, water and energy, or whether we face a future where the ecological stress on the hinterlands continues to grow, we are faced with hard choices about the places and resources that we want to preserve as a global society.

At the same time, climate change will impact species distribution, abundance, and ecological interactions across the globe.

Here are some ideas for the challenge:

  • Map the future geography of conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Each dimension of our world’s environment face unique challenges regarding their conservation, preservation and sustainability;
  • Show us where we are and what the future looks like geospatially (on a map), under conditions you determine. Tell us the story you envision for your dimension.

JUDGES

Amber Nightengale

DEPUTY & COO, NGA OUTPOST
SILICON VALLEY

Harsh Govind

ASSOCIATE, STRATEGY AND BUSINESS
OPERATIONS AT OG SYSTEMS

Christopher-Ian Reichel

GLOBAL DIRECTOR, EXPERIENCE DESIGN &
STRATEGY IBM INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

Barry Barlow

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT AND CHIEF
TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, VENCORE

Corry Robb

NGA EXPERIENCE DIRECTORATE DIVISION
CHIEF, ADVANCED OPERATIONS

PRIZES

Grand Prize:$3,000 and Round Trip Air & Hotel for 3 days/2 nights to DC to meet NGA Executives and Senior Tech Leaders and present their winning solution a the Symposium on November 17 & 18, 2017.
1st Runner Up:
Best Use of Mapbox:
Best Use of Carto:
$1,000
$500
$1500

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

Please Note:  This is NOT an overnight event.

Saturday, November 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
7:00 PM – Pitch Workshop
11:30 AM – Venue Closes and Reopens at 9 a.m.

 

Sunday, November 13th

9:00 AM – Venue Reopens
9:00 AM – Breakfast
12:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Code Freeze/Hacking Ends!
3:00 PM – Live Demos Begin!
4:30 PM – Winners Announced

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 CompassOG SystemsIBM Bluemix
American Geographical SocietyDAN SolutionsMapbox
Kind SnacksPlanet OSNetvibes
Hunter College - Dept of GeographyHERECarto

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