The last TIDE Hackathon was held in Podgorica, Montenegro from 19th to 23rd March 2018. Winners of any of the three challenges were invited to the 2018 Spring TIDE Sprint in Genova, Italy. One of the winners will additionally be invited to the 2018 CWIX in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Learn more about the challenge on the handbook.

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Participants could choose from the following challenges:

  1. Modeling Challenge â€“ The participants of the modelling challenge were tasked to develop a set of architectural patterns representing how Coalition Operations can adopt Cloud Computing Services by applying ideas from state-of-the-art technologies and business practices. The developed patterns should apply service oriented architecture principles, work in the federated environment, and identify interoperability points along with standardization opportunities.
  2. Coding Challenge â€“ The participants of the coding challenge were tasked to develop working software prototypes by applying ideas from state-of-the-art technologies. Developed solutions should apply service oriented architecture principles, work in the federated environment, and help to identify interoperability points along with standardization opportunities.
  3. Joint Challenge â€“ The task for the participants of the Joint Challenge were to develop experimental or demonstration solutions to the problem of sharing and using unstructured information in a federated, distributed environment. Solutions could be either architectural models or working prototypes.

Participants could also try the Logo Challenge.

Logo Challenge

With the introduction of the Hackathon back in 2015 an unofficial Logo Challenge was created by our engineers. The logo contained a hidden message that was to be unveiled. The promotion of EA Hackathon to TIDE Hackathon coincided with solving the Hackathon Logo challenge by teams from Denmark and the U.S which deciphered the message: 'Keep :) Hacking' and now are the newest addition to the NATO Hackers Club. This club developed a new Logo Challenge based on the new focus of the Hackathon to support the Federated Mission Networking, represented in the new logo.

EA FNYou will automatically become a part of the NATO Hackers Club, a prestigious special workforce that will group top talent, if you solve the challenge and submit your answer to a club member! The club members and their email addresses are listed in the handbook.

The Interoperability Continuum

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. In order to support this challenging task, HQ SACT introduced a Hackathon, complementing traditional ways of procurement.

The former Enterprise Architecture Hackathon was rebranded to become the 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 the Federated Mission Networking (FMN) by becoming an enabler for the Interoperability Continuum initiative.

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, Genova, 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 at CWIX.