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The world’s population is becoming increasingly concentrated in dense urban areas, with nearly 7 billion people expected to live in cities by 2050. Skyscrapers are filling skylines and infrastructure is extending deeper underground. This creates manifold challenges for first responders and military operators. For first responders, higher urban density creates greater risks associated with structure fires, subway tunnel collapses, and police actions; for military operators it creates challenges for keeping soldiers safe.

NSIN, the Department of Defense, and first responders need your help to create new solutions to this challenge.

The in-person hackathon normally held in NYC has been delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19. However, you can get a head start on developing your solution by joining the online challenge starting May 1st, 2020. Throughout the challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with military and first responder end users for in-depth customer discovery, interact with technical mentors who can provide advice on designs and engineering, and team up with other creative individuals to conceptualize novel solutions.

When the pandemic is over you will be able compete with your solution for one of three $15k awards at our NYC hackathon. For teams not local to the NYC area, NSIN will, at the end of the Online Challenge, competitively select and sponsor up to five teams to travel to NYC to compete in the in-person hackathon.

Learn more about the details of this event and register on the NSIN website.

The Challenge

Develop a system that can collect information about an interior space, transmit the data to both emergency responder and command and control (C2) elements, interpret the data, and present actionable information in an intuitive manner to the operator on a timeframe of minutes to hours.

Focus Areas

  • Detect Physical Characteristics - Understanding the geometry and content of interior spaces.
  • Detect Activity - Sensing and characterizing occupants and assesing activity.
  • Deliver Data - Timely transmission of data in usable formats.
  • Display Information - Presenting actionable informatoin to responders, operators and decision makers. 

Event Details

  • Important Dates

    • May 1st, 2020: Hackathon Online Challenge event begins

    • May 7th, 2020: Ask-Me-Anything Q&A session with mentors

    • June 28th, 2020: Hackathon Online Challenge event closes

  • Registration: NSIN Website

  • Questions: Contact NSIN