Expedition Hackathon

We’ve seen first-hand the deadly results of floods. The challenge is knowing where and when exactly the floods will take place and staying in front of the impending natural disaster. With no controlling mother nature, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the City of Huntsville are sponsoring the opportunity for anyone to come make a real difference. Once the flooding does take place, it is imperative that all departments, from public safety, transportation & FEMA, have enough resources on hand and the right information to act in real-time.


We are looking for multifunctional solutions – that is, solutions that solve more than one problem at a time. The solutions will bring together multiple stakeholders and will most likely be a mix of technology, business, behavioral change and design thinking.


Here are some options for the challenge:


Option 1) Identify at risk populations; i.e. number of homes, schools, emergency response centers and industrial hazards dynamically as reporting indicates risk or threat.


Option 2) Develop an application that has the capability to automate location information and the status of the user/family/Emergency Responder during the flood event with a hyper-local focus.


  • an option of picture capability.
  • backend export capability to a standard format; shapefile or KML.


Option 3) Push Community Collaboration. Develop a capability that could push an alert/application download announcement based on proximity and identified risk.


Option 4) Push Leadership Involvement. Develop a capability that autonomously pushes the number of potential people in need of evacuation and can represent those numbers geospatially in near-real-time.


Option 5) Georectify social media, UAV or satellite imagery on a standard map interface (google maps, carto, open street etc).


Saturday February 25th

9:00 AM Doors Open, Breakfast Served

10:00 AM Opening Ceremony

10:30 AM Hacking Begins

11:00 AM 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 February 26th

8:00 AM Breakfast

11:00 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 2 minutes long with 1 min of questions from judges. Representatives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and others 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.


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Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

DOD & Military, State & Local Government

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Sat-Sun, Feb 25-26, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Exhibit Dates
Wed-Sun, Feb 1-26, 2017

1300 Meridian St
Huntsville, AL 35801
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Event Sponsors

Blue Compass
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

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