Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I register for the event?

Visit our registration page here!

Is there an age limit?

You must be 18+ to participate. Waivers can be granted on a case-by-case basis. If you'd like a waiver, please inquire us here

What will this weekend accomplish?

We hope that this weekend will be inspiring for participants and spark conversations around the specific challenges and more broadly, how the U.S. Navy can use information power to protect and defend our nations and allies. Regardless of how well you do in a challenge, we assure you that you will go home more knowledgable about the problems the Navy is facing, inspired by the people you meet, and with an expanded skill set around the challenge in which you participate. 

What if I can only attend a part of the event?

It is crucial for attendees to participant across the full event because your teammates will be counting on you. If you have any conflicts, let us know in advance and we can try to work something out. 

Do I have to be an Engineer to come to the event? 

Not at all! We welcome everyone at all skill levels. The problems we are tackling this weekend are not just engineering challenges. Designers, artists, poets, students, subject matter experts as well as engineers of all levels are encouraged to learn more about the Navy Digital Experience.

What if I'm new to the field or don't have enough experience?

We have designed each challenge to be inclusive and open to all skill sets, so don't let this hold you back! 

Do I need to do anything before the Challenge Kick-Off?

The first thing and only thing you need to do is register. If you're coming from out of town and would like to book a hotel room with our special rate, click here. As we approach the date of the event, there will be additional resources made available for you. The best way to stay updated is to follow our Twitter. We'll also send you an email if there are any updates to relevant to the challenge in which you have chosen to participate. 

Will I need to bring a laptop or other hardware?

Yes! There will be some development machines provided in Track 3, but most of the other challenge  tracks will require you to have a computer of your own to develop code, algorithms, or immersive environments. You will probably need admin rights on your laptop if you want to install some of the open source software tools suggested in the read-ahead material which will come out out the week of the challenge. You can also bring software defined radios like the USRP or implants like a Raspberry Pi for Track 1

Do I need to come with a team already formed?

No, we have set a time aside in the schedule for you meet other participants and form teams. However, you are welcome to come to the event with pre-formed teams. 

Will there be a cap size on teams?

The ideal team size is between 5-8 people. 

Who are the judges and mentors?

Judges and mentors are comprised of subject matter experts (SMEs) drawn from across related fields. We will have experts from the military, intelligence community, industry and academia, They'll be onsite to provide guidance to teams throughout the weekend.

Will there be prizes?

There sure will be! Follow our Twitter @HACKtheMACHINE and keep an eye out for our announcement! 

Where is the event being held? 

The main event will be held at Galvanize Seattle - 111 S. Jackson St. Seattle, WA 98104


Is the facility ADA friendly? 

Yes! We wanted to make this event as inclusive as possible and this facility meets all of the ADA guidelines.


Is there transportation for this event?

Unfortunately we do not provide transportation, but the facility is easily accessible with public transportation, Uber, Lyft, and Taxi. You can even drive your car to the venue! There are plenty of street parking spots and parking garages around the area. To see a list of parking garages around the facility, click here.

I'm from out of town, do you provide lodging?

We've collaborated with Marriott to get you the best deal possible on rooms in and around downtown. Click here to go to our Lodging tab. Guest rooms with our special rate is limited, so reserve your spot soon!

Do Marriott Courtyard Lake Union & Sheraton Seattle honor the government per diem rate?

Yes! Marriott Courtyard Lake Union honors the gov. per diem rate of $244/night. Sheraton Seattle does not offer gov. per diem rate, but has agreed to lower their price to $250/night.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Drop us a line on the contact page here! We look forward to hearing from you.