Mil-OSS | Midwest Named First Hackathon Winner

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Contact: Brian Monheiser
Mil-OSS | Midwest
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ST. LOUIS, MO, APRIL, 27, 2015 — Midwest Military Open Source Software (Mil-OSS) hosted their first student hackathon. The event brought together students ranging in age from junior high to college level to the downtown co-working space, TRex to compete for a chance to win $5000. Students were given the challenge to create an open source application that will improve the process of routing tank paths in a 30 hour time slot. During the 1st MIL-OSS student hackathon, students are tasked with building a defense theme web mapping application. Some fun facts about the participants: 63% of participants were female, 45% were minority and the youngest participant was 12.

William Papper, a freshman at Washington University, developed a mobile application called THREATSPOT. His application allows tank commanders to enter destination information, maps a route, and provides no travel and threat zone information while on their missions. THREATSPOT is a mapping tool designed to spot threats to tanks in military operations by accessing maps and current military intelligence information.

Midwest Mil-OSS chapter president, Brian Monheiser of Boundless said, “We were able to see some really great collaboration and coding from the students. It was a great kickoff event for us and I can’t thank our sponsors, partners, mentors, and volunteers enough.”

Boundless Spatial Inc, TRex, OGSystems, NorthHighland Worldwide Consulting, L3 National Security Solutions, Harris, BITSystems, Code Red Education, The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Code World Order, USGIF, ITEN, and Arch Grants supported the event through donations, internship opportunities, judging, and creating an overall great experience.

The next event, “The MilOSS Student Innovation Battle”, is scheduled for October 24th and 25th, 2015 at TRex http://mil-oss.org/student-hackathon

Mil-OSS connects and empowers an active community of civilian and military open source software and hardware developers across the United States. The grassroots movement is a collection of diverse patriots that work for and with the Department of Defense and believe in adopting open technology innovation philosophies to effectively defend our nation.

More information about Mil-OSS, their regional chapters, and chapter events can be found online at mil-oss.org.

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