About the 2017 SHPE National Conference Hackathon

Engineer & Code with a Cause is a hackathon that benefits firefighters and first responders in the Greater KCMO region. During this 56 -hour event, teams of engineers (electrical, civil, structural, process) and technologists (developers, designers, project managers) are creating a new solution that will save firefighter lives and reduce the amount of accidents amongst firefighters. This technology will allow firefighters to locate trapped and or downed victims much faster.

Over 43 percent of firefighters are injured while battling a live fire. Firefighters, First Responders, and EMS have a difficult time understanding the environment of the structure (Homes, Apartments, Commercial Buildings) they are entering.

Firefighters have a difficult time understanding navigating the inside of a building while it is on fire. Buildings are full of smoke, very hot (800-1200 Degrees Plus), and they only know where they are going by touch.


The firefighters and first responders would like a web application that connects into their existing technology and provide important information to the fire chiefs, fire captains, and first responders before they enter into a structure.


Create technology solutions to make it easier for firefighters and first responders to understand important information on a burning structure, and a new solution to navigate a structure as it on fire.


  • First Place – $10,000 
  • Second Place – $5,000 
  • Third Place – $3,000

Hackathon Overview

Wednesday, November 1st


3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hackathon Team Registration

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Organize Your Team: Recruiting Begins

6:00 PM


  • Announcing Our Sponsors
  • Hackathon Rules, Timeline, Rubrics
  • Stay In Touch – (tools, social media, etc.)
  • Q & A

6:30 PM

Meet Our Sponsors

6:45 PM

Problem Statement and Prizes

7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Meet Your Clients: Panel of Subject Matter Experts

  • Fire Captain/Chief
  • Sponsors SME
  • City Planner/Manager

8:00 PM

Hackathon Officially Begins


  1. Start brainstorming – code!
  2. Meet with mentors as needed


Thursday, November 2nd


12:00 AM – 7:30 AM

  1. Prepare submissions for the qualifying round
  2. Work on your proposed system architecture
  3. Work on your user interface design/sketches
  4. Begin developing your application

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast Break

Pitch assignment numbers will be distributed at the Hackathon table and emailed out by 9:15 AM.

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Review Our Project

  • 2-minute pitch (feedback 3-5 min)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Break

Sponsor Panel Discussion

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Qualification Round

Follow the Submission Guidelines and submit your executive summary, system architecture and user interface design. Failure to submit the required pieces will result in automatic disqualification.

  • Students meet Judge Panel. 5-minute pitch.
  • Judges score team for elimination (Software, Industry Professional, Engineer, Business). Provide additional feedback.

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Dinner Break

SHPE Opening Ceremony

Friday, November 3rd

Final Round

6:00 AM

Final Submissions Due

Follow the Submission Guidelines and upload your application to DevPost. You may update your elevator pitch, architecture design, platform choice, etc as necessary.
You MUST submit a zip file with all your source code. Including the link to your GitHub repository is optional.

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast Break

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

  1. Mentors/Judges Deliberation
  2. Prepare for the possibility of presenting, in case of being selected as Top 8

9:00 AM

  1. Final eight teams announced in room
  2. Prepare for the presentations

11:00 AM

Presentations Due

  • Email to hackathon@shpe.org

Intro of Panel of Judges

11:15 AM

Team 1


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


11:30 AM

Team 2


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


11:45 AM

Team 3


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


12:00 PM

Team 4


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM

Team 5


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


12:45 PM

Team 6


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


1:00 PM

Team 7


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


1:15 PM

Team 8


  1. Set-up (2 min)
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A (4 min)


1:30 PM

Break // Compile Scores

Meet with Judges to discuss Top 3 Winners

2:00 PM

Winners Announced

Sponsors & Fire Chief all present

  • Third Place Prize ($3K)
  • Second Place Prize ($5K)
  • First Place Prize ($10K)

2:15 PM

Closing Remarks