Mission Hack is a national hackathon series. Designed for developers wanting to push the limits of what they can imagine and build, Mission Hack will offer an opportunity to demonstrate new ideas about the future. With a futuristic theme and out-of-this-world challenges, participants will have the opportunity to use their choice of technology to prototype solutions to one of four challenges.
In 1969, NASA landed men on the moon and returned them home safely again, guided by a computer system only a fraction as powerful as the phones in our pockets today. Now almost 50 years later, after decades of technological advancements that have stayed true to Moore’s Law, humans are once again ready to set foot on new planetary soil.
The International Organization for Galactic Exploration (IOGE) has just confirmed the discovery of a planet more Earth-like than Saturn’s moon Enceladus. In an unprecedented agreement between the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and governments of all G8 countries, funding has been secured to send a group of 80,000 settlers to establish a New Earth colony.
The Settlement Project is an opportunity to demonstrate the reaches of human design and the capacity of technological advancement.
In order to mitigate risks for the Mission, an application process has been set up to determine the most suitable initiatives for the initial stages of The Settlement Project. Freed from the constraints of legacy systems and existing infrastructure on Earth, applicants will leverage their vast knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and their understanding of human interaction to propose projects to shape the New Earth.
Mission Hack is an opportunity to submit an application to be selected as a contributor of The Settlement Project and an architect of New Earth.
Applicants will need to prototype a technology that solves a problem for life on New Earth in one of four categories:
New Earth will provide a unique opportunity to redefine education, work and information management. How can we optimize human ability for continuous learning? How will work be divided among the settlement population? What tasks will be human-driven and which will be fulfilled by artificial intelligences? Build a solution that optimizes both human ambition and the potential of technology.
The Settlement Project will require resources to be shared and managed in new ways. How will currency systems be set up and governed? What technologies will create the foundation for the New Earth economy? Build tools to define how this will be shaped.
The Settlement Project will lay the groundwork for an expanding society of future settlers. Designing scalable systems built with connected technologies is critical in order to ensure that the infrastructure is suitable for New Earth. Propose a solution that can be a part of this infrastructure.
The constraints of illness, aging and chronic sickness are barriers that challenge individuals’ contribution to society. Similarly, violence and inequality undermine the health of communities. With the small settlement population of New Earth, there will be a unique opportunity to use technologies that address these barriers. Design and build tools that will promote personal health and facilitate healthy community interactions.
Submission & Expo Briefing
Room Switch Over
Top 5 Pitches
Awards & Celebrations
How unique is the solution concept?
How effective is the technical approach and implementation of the solution?
To what extent is the solution a working prototype?
What is the overall experience of using the solution?
How well was the problem stated in the final pitch and how clearly was the solution articulated?
How closely aligned is the solution with the hackathon challenge(s)?
Although the details of The Story for Mission Hack are fictitious, we won’t rule out the possibility of a New Earth settlement society forming someday!
Yes! Hackathons are a great opportunity to have fun, network and apply your skills in a new way.
No! We recommend each team having at least one developer who can build your prototype but often the best solutions are created by teams with a diversity of perspectives.
We believe in the power of collaboration and have found that the best solutions are often created by teams of 2-6 participants.
Don’t worry - we’ll help you find teammates once you register. The Hackworks platform is built specifically to identify teams that are looking for additional members and to connect participants with specific skillsets.
Yes. All meals plus lots of snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the weekend. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you register.
The venue will be open for the entire weekend (including overnight) so you are encouraged to work on site as much as you like, but we definitely understand the importance of a good sleep. If you do decide to spend the night working on your solution (or taking a nap!), don’t forget to bring your toiletries to stay fresh throughout the weekend.
Bring any devices that you’ll need to code and build your solution with, as well as toiletries and clothing to stay fresh if you’re planning to stay overnight. We’ll provide wifi, electrical connection, food, drinks, and lots of comfy workspace throughout the weekend.
You will be required to submit your code in order to be considered for final judging and prizes but all IP belongs to participants, even after you submit.
We want to make sure that participants are able to connect with job opportunities that match their skillsets if they are interested in doing so. You can upload your resume or connect to your LinkedIn profile on the Hackworks platform if you are interested in being contacted for job opportunities.
Judges will determine the 3 top teams in each city. Prizes for top teams are: $2000 for the first place team, $1000 for the second place team and $500 for the third place team. All participants will also receive swag and opportunities to explore new job offers.
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