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2018hackathonlogo240The former NATO Enterprise Architecture Hackathon was rebranded to become TIDE Hackathon, to meet two major objectives. Firstly, to increase its scope in order to serve a larger group of stakeholders. Secondly, to provide support to FMN by becoming an enabler for Interoperability Continuum initiative.

The following challenges for the upcoming 2018 TIDE Hackathon have been selected from the pool of proposals developed at the Hackathon Planning Conference and the Fall 2018 TIDE Sprint;

  1. Modeling Challenge – Deployment of a Coalition Cloud
    Develop a capability architecture, that can be included within the FMN Reference Architecture that supports the establishment of a “coalition cloud” within a mission planning and execution environment.
  2. Coding Challenge – Military Mobile Applications
    Develop a NATO App-Store, where a set of certified/approved military applications/services will be available.
  3. Joint Challenge – FMN Distributed File Sharing
    Propose a federated sharing environment for non-structured information products.

The Hackathon will be integrated into the Interoperability Continuum that spans across the fall TIDE Sprint, TIDE Hackathon, the spring TIDE Sprint and the CWIX in a perennial circle.

The four events will form a Fast Track to expedite the development of emerging concepts in support of FMN spiral specifications. The Fast Track will connect the Fall TIDE Sprint (Oct 2017, Virginia Beach), the TIDE Hackathon (19-23 March 2018, University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro), the spring TIDE Sprint (April 2018, Florence, Italy) and the CWIX 2018 (Jun 2018, Bydgoszcz, Poland). The participants of the fall TIDE Sprint proposed challenges to be tackled during the Hackathon by teams from industry, academia and military organizations. HQ SACT will sponsor the TIDE Hackathon winners to further develop solutions at the Spring TIDE Sprint and finally present them in the Innovation Space at CWIX.

The promotion of EA Hackathon to TIDE Hackathon coincided with solving the Hackathon Logo challenge. The Logo has been created by a team from Denmark, and the US. As result the hidden logo message was revealed at TIDE Sprint and it reads “Keep ☺ Hacking”.

The new logo for the Hackathon has been developed by the NATO Hackers Club and is presented below. As Hackathon is now supporting FMN, the two letters within the logo are FN, for Federated Networking. The logo has a new message encrypted within it with the improved encryption mechanism to increase the challenge difficulty level.

You can join NATO Hackers Club today! Just send the solution to one of the Club members. Those who will manage to solve this problem will become members of the NATO Hackers Club, a prestigious special workforce that will group top talent to influence the future editions of Hackathon and may be called to address the most pressing alliance issues.

Please don’t forget to register for the 2018 TIDE Hackathon by first creating a personal account to the Tidepedia website. Participants then register individually or per team according to the calling notice.


In response to the dynamically changing geo-political environment that we face today, NATO conducts a process of continuous transformation guided by a high level political agenda. Bringing effective change to such a large organization is however, a complex endeavor. It involves many actors, and typically is accompanied by water-fall type, lengthy procurement processes. This significantly hampers innovation, especially in the area of Information and Communication Technology where rapid agile methods have been proven to be much more effective.

In order to manage the enterprise change the North Atlantic Council issued the "Alliance Consultation, Command and Control Strategy" with a call to "establish Enterprise Architecture discipline". This new discipline is further guided by Enterprise Architecture Policy, which explicitly sets Enterprise Architecture primary objective to "...translate NATO’s vision and strategy into effective change of the current business and IT environments".