Held in Podgorica, Montenegro from 19 to 23 March, the 2018 TIDE Hackathon brought together experts and specialists to work on challenges that NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) identifies as most pressing, based on NATO and partner nations' input.
The 14 national teams from defence, academia and industry – representative of United Kingdom, Denmark, Ukraine, Poland, Montenegro, Norway, Turkey, and Germany – competed in this third edition over three different challenges to support the Federated Mission Networking (FMN): the Modelling Challenge – whereby participants were asked 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 Coding Challenge – where participants had to develop working software prototypes by applying ideas from state-of-the-art technologies; and the Joint Challenge – which was participants developing experimental or demonstration solutions to the problem of sharing and using unstructured information in a federated, distributed environment.
The NATO Systems provided by the NCI Agency - JCHAT, CoreGIS, symbology, NIRIS, IoT, radio networks and UX guidance) – were crucial to enable the participants to work and come up with really innovative solutions, all built around FMN 3.0 specificities - from an Augmented Reality COP, an FMN cloud-brokerage mechanism, to federated search and file.
The teams were judged by RADM Çelebi, ACT ACOS C2DS, and Prof Pejanovic, former Minister of Defense. Many feedbacks noted the "great job" done by NCI Agency members, while the Montenegrin team cited one NCI Agency staff member as the "main motivation not to give up but stay and finish".
More details on the ACT TIDE website and on ACT's LinkedIn stories.