Tampa Hackathon Topics

The following challenges will be briefed at the start of this event in greater detail. You and your team will then choose which challenge you will work towards solutioning for.

Category: OSINT
Problem: The lack of a common data architecture to support the entire lifecycle of OSINT acquisition and processing (scraping, entity extraction, metadata, persistence) negatively impacts the use of OSINT as part of an All Source analytical methodology.
Challenge: Use Open Source software and open standards (like schema.org) to create an infrastructure to scrape, process (including text extraction), structure, and persist OSINT data. The final data structure should support moving the data to higher classified networks and performing further enrichment and analysis with classified information.
Category: Cyber
Problem:  More and more organizational data and systems are moving to the cloud.  While cloud computing provides tremendous scalability and affordability, the reality is that the cloud environment is complex and can be easy to misconfigure the installation and administration of cloud-based server instances.  Note that complexity can be the enemy of good security.  Also, how can cloud-based operations help or hurt with regulatory compliance?

Challenge: Using Amazon Web Services (AWS) or similar cloud provider, install and configure a standard Windows 2012 and AWS Linux (or any available Linux server) on the AWS cloud.   Provide a check list of actions and proper configurations to ensure the servers are installed and operating securely to protect confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. Alternatively, conduct a similar assignment and explore open cloud options at OpenStack and http://trystack.org/.


Category: Visualization

Common Operating Model

Problem: Tactical urban operations require additional data types and more sophisticated representation than the traditional "dots on a map" of historical COP (Common Operational Picture) interfaces, especially to feed the Augmented Reality-based Heads Up Display (HUD). One specific scenario is representing the location and orientation of a ground robot that is on the other side of a visual obstruction (such as a building).

Challenge: Starting with TacMap as the software base, demonstrate how using 3D models of urban terrain can support real-time visualization of the location and status of unit element (including drones). Feel free to add any other useful HUD-oriented data that might be useful for tactical urban operations.


Category: Logistics

3D Model Visualization and Collaboration

Problem: The growth of rapid manufacturing capabilities has presented an information and collaboration challenge: how best to allow a team of stakeholders to view and interact with 3D models. The problem becomes more acute with separate 3D models for components meant to be further assembled and/or integrated with each other.

Challenge: Use one of the existing Open Source WebGL libraries (Cesium.js, Three.js, etc) to build a multi-model collaboration environment. The environment should allow "control" of the models to be passed between participants (like the presenter status in a web conference), so that the presenter can bring models together, change their orientation, etc, while still preserving the ability for each participant to change their personal point of view relative to the static reference frame of the collection of models.


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