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About this event

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), GEOHuntsville, and AEgis Technologies are hosting the inaugural CRP Hack-a-thon.

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.

What is the goal?

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!

On day 2, you’ll have 3-5 minutes to demo your concept/idea to the group, including our sponsors, and then vote for the People’s Choice Award winner!


  • Home-2nd
  • $500.0
  • + $500 cash prize + 12 months Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription for up to 5 team members

  • Home-3rd
  • Additional Prizes!!
  • + Four 3D virtual sets which include head phone, Samsung phone and VR gear



  • Monday
  • Monday, May 2nd

    •8:00 AM Doors Open, Breakfast Served

    • 9:00 AM Opening Ceremony, with Welcome Remarks from Mayor Tommy Battle

    • 10:00 AM Hacking Begins

    • 11:00 AM Lunch – Caliente Food Truck

    • 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!

  • Tuesday
  • Tuesday, May 3rd

    • 8:00 AM Breakfast

    • 11:00 AM Lunch – I Love Bacon Food Truck

    • 2:00 PM Code Freeze/Hacking Ends!

    • 3:00 PM Live Demos Begin!

    • 4:00 PM Winners Announced!

    • 5:45 PM Innovate Huntsville Meetup Happy Hour / Social at Lone Goose Saloon



General Rules and Information Seats are limited to 53 workstations. Participants must check in no later than 8:00am Monday, May 2 to participate. Come on your own or creat...

General Rules and Information

Seats are limited to 53 workstations.

Participants must check in no later than 8:00am Monday, May 2 to participate.

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. Teams: only 1 person needs to register on behalf of all participants.

All participants must be in the building during the event. No remote hacking will be permitted.

Participants must provide their own laptops, and mobile/tablet devices for use during the event.

All laptops will remain within the hosting facility for the duration of the event, to include overnight, even if the participant does not stay overnight.

Mobile phones and tablets are not required to remain in the facility overnight.

External hard drives are permitted for the hacking event itself. USB sticks are allowed to be used for your personal laptops.

Power strips and internet cables will be provided by AEgis Technologies.

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!

US citizens only!

Must be 18 years of age or older

Tuesday Afternoon Presentations

Each participant and/or participant team will present their product or solution to the group on Tuesday afternoon.

Presentation will be 3 – 5 minutes long. Representatives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, GEOHuntsville, the city of Huntsville, Cummings Research Park, Innovate Huntsville, 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 not permitted for presentation purposes.