Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I register for the event?
Registration will open on August 1, 2019. Please subscribe to us for updates!
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 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?
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?
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 is 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. 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?
Not at all, 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 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 for the Friday night reception is summer whites for Naval officers and casual for all other attendees. For the rest of the weekend, dress is casual.
Where is the event being held?
For now, our location is to be determined. Follow our Twitter @HACKTheMACHINE and keep an eye out for our announcement.
Is the facility ADA friendly?
Wherever we decide to choose, we will make sure it is ADA friendly to accommodate everyone.
Is there transportation for this event?
We do not provide transportation, but the facility we are looking for will be easily accessible with public transportation, Uber, Lyft, and taxi.
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.