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NGA to Host Challenge for Automated Analysis, Planning Tech Concepts

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will award $5,000 to the winning technology developers of a two-day challenge that aims to develop concepts on how technologies affect decisions related to automated analysis, regional security and planning.

NGA said Monday that it has urged participants to consider various topics of interests including artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that can analyze and evaluate large raw data sets, develop automated workflows and predict regional issues.

The hackathon challenge will occur on July 29 and 30 in Austin, Texas.

“The goal is to understand how today’s technology will use [geographic information system], imagery information and other big data sources to shape a better future and have a real world impact on current and potential crises,” said Col. Marc DiPaolo, NGA enterprise innovation lead.​​

“We’re expecting a diverse group of participants including individuals, companies from commercial industry, academics and military personnel … Having a wide range of participants with different experiences and areas of expertise will give us a diversity of thought we don’t always have in the intelligence community.”

NGA personnel will be available to answer inquiries and coding-related questions from the participants throughout the event.

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