USGIF GEOINT Hackathon - the winning team will receive $15,000 and free registration to USGIF’s GEOINT 2015 Symposium


USGIF is pleased to announce its first-ever GEOINT Hackathon June 12-14 in Herndon, VA.

The goal is to bring together and introduce both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders and data scientists to interesting problems requiring inventive coding solutions. In addition to enabling participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions or provides answers as outputs.

USGIF and its sponsor organizations will provide a list of optional tools and data links at the event. Meals and snacks will be provided throughout the weekend, and the winning team will receive $15,000 and free registration to USGIF’s GEOINT 2015 Symposium!

Event Timeline

Friday, June 12
5:00 p.m. Doors open for check-in (Dinner will be provided)
6:00 p.m. Official welcome and challenge announcement
6:45 p.m. Teams form and work begins

Work continues on the participant’s timeline, through 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, June 13
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
11:30 a.m. Lunch
5:30 p.m. Dinner

Sunday, June 14
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
11:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Judging begins
4:00 p.m. Awards


To register for the GEOINT Hackathon, please visit, create an account, and select “Upcoming Events” from the sidebar menu. The “USGIF Hackathon” is listed at the bottom of this page. There is no cost to register.

The GEOINT Hackathon is limited to 150 participants. Everyone is required to present a government-issued photo ID to participate. Any non-U.S. citizens are required to provide a copy of their Lawful Permanent Residence status (green card), Visa, or other legal citizenship documentation.

What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons typically start with one or more presentations about the event and the specific subject, if any. Participants then suggest ideas and form teams based on individual interests and skills. The main work of the hackathon begins and can last anywhere from several hours to several days. For hackathons that last 24 hours or longer, especially competitive ones, eating is often informal with participants subsisting on food like pizza and energy drinks. Sometimes sleeping is minimal with participants sleeping on-site in sleeping bags

At the end of hackathons, there is usually a series of demonstrations in which each group presents its results. There is sometimes a contest element as well, in which a panel of judges select the winning teams, and prizes are given. At many hackathons, the judges are made up of organizers and sponsors.

USGIF’s GEOINT Hackathon will be run very similarly to the typical example.

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