The Results Are In! The Inaugural Annual SAR Hackathon


The Hackathon at SARscene 2015 was a massive success, producing quality projects and good insights into the technology needs of Search & Rescue. The event has already been scheduled for SARscene 2016 and is planned as a much bigger event.

What an event! We hosted the inaugural annual SAR Hackathon at SARscene on Prince Edward Island last week (PEI is a strong-bed of long-time D4H users, and it was great to meet them all too!). Big thanks to the PEI Developers Group, other vendors, and sponsors who got involved, Esri, CAE, Antris, and BlueToque Software. Attendees were from across the SAR world, from the Canadian Forces, Control Rooms, Pilots, RCMP, and Ground SAR.

We ended up with 4 projects going forward to judging after a 24 hour sprint to try and solve Search & Rescue problems using technology, you can read about the projects here. At the end of 24 hours, the teams presented to each other, then took their projects into the Trade Show where they pitched for votes from the SAR Attendees of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat SARscene conference.

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After all the hard work, the following day, the results of the public poll were announced and we had a winner.

  • Team SAR: 69%
  • Team NoSAR: 26%
  • Bearing Finder: 3%
  • Visual Training Assistant: 3%

Congratulations to Team SAR, who collected their prize sponsored by Esri.

One of the outcomes of the SAR Hackathon was a repository of Open Source code from the event. If anyone would like to work on these projects or has forked a branch of them, let us know and we’ll arrange the access you need to contribute back in.

See you all next year in Edmonton for the 2016 Edition!

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