Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Wednesday, March 4 2015

IDCE #Disastertech Hackathon Announces Virtual Participation, Prizes, Promotional Video, and Additional Judges!

The International Disaster Conference & EXPO (IDCE) announces prizes for the inaugural IDCE #disastertech hackathon, February 7 – 8, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the IDCE #disastertech hackathon seeks to foster the convergence of the disaster and tech communities, driving innovation and opportunity for collaboration. The IDCE #disastertech hackathon is produced in conjunction with CODEMKRS, a locally-owned company that has produced hackathons for South by Southwest Music Festival, Super Bowl XLIII, and the White House’s National Day of Civic Hacking.

Meet Our Sponsor!

A special thanks to our sponsor, LookFar, who helped to make this hackathon possible. LookFar is an idea acceleration company who joins businesses on their journey to bring technology enabled, game changing ideas to market. More information available at


Can’t Attend the Hackathon? Join Us Online:

We’ve hit capacity for participation at the hackathon – but don’t worry; you can participate virtually!!! The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responders Group (DHS S&T FRG) will host a webinar for the first 90 minutes as part of its Capacity Building Webinar Series on Saturday, February 7th, at 2pm CST. Participants can register and join, provide input via the online chat, follow along with the #disastertech hashtag, or view the webinar recording at a later time.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit:


Hackathon Prizes:

Hootsuite Labs

Depending on the nature of the winning solution, Hootsuite Labscommits to exploring a potential partnership with the winning solution’s provider. This partnership will extend Hootsuite Labs’ position as

technical and product development mentors, advising the winning solution’s provider on further research, development and testing of their prototype. Upon completion of this research and development, there is potential to have the new product considered for integration within the Hootsuite platform and made available to the disaster response community.


National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC)

The NISC will feature the top three winners of the IDCE hackathon in a NISC webinar coordinated and promoted by the NISC at a date to be determined. The top three winning prototypes will also participate and demonstrate their efforts in the webinar to the NISC’s 77 members, including local, state, federal, non-profit, and private sector organizations and agencies. The NISC will also announce and publicize the top three winners of the hackathon on the NISC website ( and in the NISC’s bi-monthly publication, NISC Notes, which is distributed to more than 2700 stakeholders.


Meet Our Two New Judges:

Chief Charles Werner: Chief Werner is a 40 year veteran of the volunteer and career fire rescue service, and presently serves as the fire chief for the City of Charlottesville, VA. He is also a member of the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Virginia Fire Service Council, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Technology Council, on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS, Co-Chair of the National Information Sharing Consortium, Co-Chair of the US Department of Homeland Security and White House Incident Management Information Sharing Sub Committee, and the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group (DHS VSMWG).


Ben Cathers: Ben Cathers will replace Sajji Hussain of Hootsuite, and is the Government and Financial Services Senior Solutions Consultant at Hootsuite. He pitches, advises and manages the initial rollout phase in some of Hootsuite’s largest rollouts, including country wide social media rollouts and compliance rollouts for top-tier insurance companies. Ben is a frequent speaker on social media and government and financial services, having presented at the SIFMA Tech conference, multiple BDI Events, Meetups and at the International Trader’s Expo.


Check Out Our Promo Video:

Students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts produced both a promotional video and informational video for the hackathon. The promo is available now; it explains the purpose and reasons for the hackathon. The informational video includes input from first responders across the country, members of the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group and on the challenges and gaps they experience when using technology in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Both videos will be made available online following the event.

To view the promo video, visit:

The International Disaster Conference & EXPO unites public and private sector professionals from around the world for discussions regarding policy, lessons learned, best practices, and forward thinking, resulting in the mitigation of loss of life and property when catastrophic events occur.

This year’s educational content will revolve around the theme, “Emergency Management Technology for the Future,” and fit into one of the four educational tracks which include: Resiliency (Emergency Management, Response & Recovery, Business Continuity); Technology & Innovation (Next Generation 911, Social Media, Interoperability); Public Health & Medical; and Animals in Disasters.

This year’s event will include:

  • Keynote addresses from internationally recognized industry leaders and policy makers;
  • Over 30 sessions conducted by leading experts covering the cycle of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery;
  • Networking opportunities
  • Over 100 exhibiting companies and organizations featuring the latest equipment, technology and programs.

Registration is open at:

A preliminary schedule can be viewed here:

IDCE Social Media Sites:
IDCE Twitter Hashtag: #IDCE2015
Hackathon Twitter Hashtag: #disastertech

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