TIDE Hackathon

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This page describes the TIDE Hackathon 2020 to be held at the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany from 17 to 21 February 2020.


The challenge for the 2020 TIDE Hackathon is machine learning. Teams will select one of four use cases exploring different aspects of machine learning: crises indicators, security labelling sections of streaming data, doctrine analysis, and fake news identification.

The TIDE Hackathon takes NATO out of its comfort zone by making it look at interoperability problems differently. It’s an exciting event with interesting challenges and great networking opportunities.

Some tasks just can’t be solved by a single team; even if that team is one of NATO’s two Strategic Commands.
So we’ve created the TIDE Hackathon; to learn, to try, to explore, and to test. We know that sometimes we just need to “have a go”. That is what TIDE Hackathon lets us do.
You can help us go from “Wouldn’t it be cool if?” or “How does this work?” to “That’s cool!” and “That’s how!”
This is an exciting week of work – off schedule, off budget and off hierarchy. Just roll up your sleeves and go!
It is also a competition; convince the Judges and there are prizes. You possibly also demonstrate your winning solution at TIDE Sprint in Stockholm. Unlock your innovative self; we are looking for the “new, untested and un-usual.”

Don’t be conventional, we want fresh ideas, pursued without prejudice and preconceptions. We want fresh minds, energetic enthusiasts; competitive fighters – don’t be constrained by what you think we want to see or hear. Mentors will guide you. They know about NATO and will advise you throughout. Remember though – ask them what you like, but don’t ask for the answer – that’s up to you!

For the 2020 TIDE Hackathon, we want novel solutions to demonstrate how machine learning can be applied to four use cases:

  • Crisis indicator monitoring for regional phenomena in order to detect looming crises in advance
  • Easy-to-use and secure solution for confidentiality labelling of streaming data
  • Analyse doctrinal documents to extract roles, tasks, and processes for C3 Taxonomy

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, the TIDE Hackathon, the spring TIDE Sprint and the CWIX. 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.