The Feast Hardware Hackathon with The Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, IDEO + Intel
October 10-11, The Feast, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, FEMA, Intel, and global design and innovation firm IDEO will convene technologists, entrepreneurs, and innovators for a Civic Hardware Hackathon in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Other organizations joining the cause include Microsoft, IKEA, SparkFun Electronics, 3D Systems, Red Hook Initiative, and Do Good Bus.
The hands-on prototyping event is being held at the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in support of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, an effort first launched by the Obama Administration in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The initiative aims to find effective ways technology can empower the disaster resilience community with critical information and resources.
Hackathon teams will start the weekend by examining challenges through a human-centered design lens, before coming up with strategies to take their projects to the next level. Designers from IDEO and the Ideation Community of Practice, a network of Federal innovators, will guide participants through the event, facilitating rapid iteration cycles and one-on-one feedback from end-users. Teams will have the chance to interact with first responders, emergency managers, government, and other stakeholders in the disaster resilience community through field testing and feedback sessions. In addition, hackathon participants will share their progress with a diverse audience of potential partners, mentors, and sponsors attending The Feast’s co-located annual summit on social innovation.
Teams will be encouraged to feature an open source or open data element to allow emergency managers and first responders to deploy tools at minimal cost. Technologies developed at the civic hackathon will be considered for the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative’s upcoming disasters.data.gov portal that captures Challenge Statements, free tools, and open data for the disaster resilience community. In addition, participants will have opportunities to continue refining their prototypes and to share progress with stakeholders through upcoming innovation workshops and technology demonstrations.