|SPRINGFIELD, Va. — When
the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency lands in Seattle for its
next hackathon May 20-21, it will be looking for solutions that will
help it improve content curation and provide national security decision
makers with a customized user experience that improves decision-making
The two-day event is an opportunity for diverse teams
of developers, product managers, data scientists, maketing and sales
professionals, journalists and others with innovative minds and the
skills to help NGA solve this particular problem, said Brian Wood, the
agency's Digital Attack Team lead.
"NGA still has lots of
customers who require a printed compiliation of the day's most relevant
news," said Wood. "The physical hand-off means we lose out on much of
what modern content curation technology can do for us."
out how to deliver customized content for a specialized user -- similar
to online music streaming services -- could help the agency provide more
relevant, intuitive, briefing books for national security decision
"Personalized music services automatically recommend
music based on your previous interest selections," explained Wood. "Our
twist is that we're curating content for people who don't interact with
the system directly. So, how do we curate for the curators?"
The winning solution will receive a cash award of $10,000 from NGA and the first runner-up will receive $1,000.
Prior to the hackathon, registered participants will have access to code for a content curation prototype developed by NGA via the agency's GitHub site.
will also have subject matter experts on hand throughout the event to
answer content and coding-related questions from hackathon participants.
For more information, or to sign up visit: http://expeditionhacks.com/seattle/