Sunnyvale, CA | 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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Sunnyvale, CA

August 6 - 7, 2016


Grand prize winners Aleksandra Kudriashova & Rustem Feyzkhanov from team Maps Actually.

In many cities, the OSM layer is incomplete and/or outdated. Maps Actually has taken it upon itself to address this issue and is using open source data to detect new buildings that are not labeled with OSM. We analyze a series of fresh satellite images and detect areas which look like buildings in a city. We then overlay these suspected areas with an OSM building layer and find buildings that are not labeled with OSM. As a result, this information becomes useful for city authorities and local businesses. In addition, companies like Google Maps and 2GIS can use this layer to keep their databases up-to-date.


These data mountains are seldom traversed. The data sits and lies dormant, waiting for someone to explore and study their findings, and to tell their stories to the world.

ExpeditionHacks is looking for the best data explorers and developer storytellers in the US to finally find stories lying in disparate databases all over.

Develop the next generation of engaging stories in time and space (geospatially) using the heaping piles of data we’ll give you, that educates and demonstrates data exploration at its finest!So you’re a master? Can you develop the same data exploration hacks, if the end user only has 128k download speed for the Low bandwidth Challenge and capture $1000? Let’s see it!

Here are some ideas for the challenge:

  • Can your solution search for and collect data from different databases most effectively?
  • Will your hack transform the data into powerful storytelling tools across video, images, and more?
  • Auto calculate stats about the data that represent what’s occurring.
  • How about a demo of how to process big data and render it in real-time and space that engages the users in a cutting edge way?


Stace Maples


Omar Balkissoon


Tara Gattis


James Crawford


Mōno Simeone



Grand Prize:$4,000 and Round Trip Air & Hotel for 3 days/2 nights to DC to meet NGA Executives and Senior Tech Leaders
1st Runner Up:
Low Bandwidth Challenge:
Mapbox Challenge:
Custom Trophy



  • 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!



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?



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.


Saturday, August 6th

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, August 7th

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.


NGABlue CompassAdobe
American Geographical SocietyDAN SolutionsMapboxKind Snacks


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