Flood Response

Rocket City / Huntsville, AL


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.

Challenge Start Date

February 25, 2017

Registration Deadline


Submission Deadline

February 26, 2017

Demo Day

February 26, 2017

Winners & Highlight VIdeo


Team Search and TextYou


Michael Carroll, Michael Graham, Time Coddington
First Runner Up!
EXP Emergency Services


Matt Brooks, Dustin Poisson, Jason Thomas, Danielle Hart, Michelle Munguia


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 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 ideas for the challenge:


February 25, 2017

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!

February 26, 2017 Sunday

8:00 AM – Breakfast

12:00 PM – Lunch

2:00 PM – Code Freeze/Hacking Ends!

3:00 PM – Live Demos Begin!

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.
Upon completion, will have a casual social to cap the event and allow people to socialize about their ideas.

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.



Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:




Tools, Data, & IP Rights

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 listed.


If you have any inquiries about participating in this competition, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at expeditionhacks@blueclarity.io.