Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration open? 

Registration will open on 60 days before the event.

Is there an age limit for participating? 

You must be 18+ to participate. Waivers can be granted on a case-by-case basis.

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 knowledgeable about the problems the Navy is facing, inspired by the people you meet, and have 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 entire 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 out a solution. 

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? 

Don't let this hold you back! We have designed each challenge to be inclusive and open to all skill sets. If you do not want to take part in one of the competitive tracks, we also offer an Educational Track for Maritime Cyber.

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

You need to register. If you are coming from out of town and need to book a hotel room, we have a list of high rated hotels that are in close proximity to the venue. As we approach the date of the event, there will be additional resources for each track 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! Most challenges require you to have a computer of your own to develop code, algorithms. We may have a few machines available for specialized tasks, but you are better off bringing your own. Additionally, you will likely 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 be disseminated the week of the challenge.

Do I need to come with a team already formed? 

Not at all, we have set a time aside in the schedule for you to meet other participants and form teams. However, you are welcome to come to the event with pre-formed teams.


Will there be a capsize 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 will be onsite to provide guidance to teams throughout the weekend.

Will there be prizes? 

Absolutely! Follow our Twitter @HACKtheMACHINE and keep an eye out for our announcement.

What is the dress code? 

Dress throughout the weekend is casual for all attendees.

Where is the event being held? 

Friday night kickoff will be held at the Ocean Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium. Our weekend venue will take place at two different venues, Atlanta Tech Village and TechRise. Please be on the lookout for where your track will be held! Both weekend venues are next-door to each other.

Is the facility ADA friendly? 

Yes, all three venues are ADA friendly.

Is there transportation to/from this event? 

We do not provide transportation. However, we strive to choose a venue that is easily accessible with public transportation and ride-share.

Is there parking available at the venue?

We do not reserve parking for HACKtheMACHIN but there will be street parking and private lots around all of the venues. 

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Drop us a line on the contact page!






March 2021

Friday Venue

Oceans Ballroom

Georgia Aquarium

246 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW

Atlanta, GA 303132

Weekend Venue

Atlanta Tech Village

3424 Piedmont Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30305 


3405 Piedmont Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30305

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