Engineer and Code with a Cause!

This hackathon will benefit firefighters and first responders in the Greater Kansas City Missouri region. During this 56-hour event, teams of engineers (electrical, civil, structural, process) and technologists (developers, designers,
project managers) will create a new solution that will save firefighter lives and reduce the amount of occupational accidents. Your solution will allow firefighters to locate trapped and or down victims much faster!

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$14,500 in prizes

1st Prize

2nd Place

3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


* Must be a registered attendee for the SHPE National Conference (Please note that this is not open to the general public).

* Individuals must be 18 years and older

* Teams of 3-6 individuals

You can come as part of a team or be placed in a team upon arrival. However, all submissions must come from a team of 3-6 individuals.



QUALIFYING ROUND - Thursday 3PM Qualifying Documents (Executive Summary, Designs, Team Lead)

Executive Summary

Participants should start working on what they want to build for their submissions. This should be a very brief summary about what the solution should be able to do, how it will benefit different parties involved.


Here, teams should go into more detail about the design of the project. This should include (but is not limited to): Platform, workflow for the application, list of projected challenges, mockups, etc.

This must include a mockup of the platform architecture and a mockup of the proposed user interface.  These may be sketched by hand or digitally.   
 A. Upload a PNG, GIF or JPG of your system architecture (can be informal – a hand-drawn sketch is fine)
 B. Upload a PNG, GIF or JPG with a sketch (or draft screenshot) of the expected user interface of the system you are building (again, can be informal – hand-drawn is fine)

All groups should also create a list of deliverables they intend to complete by the end of each stage, and who will own each task.

Team Lead

The main liaison for the group to the mentors, judges, and sponsors. Please identify this person and notify with the name and email of your team lead.

Based on the skillset and interests of the group, there should be a clear owner for each area of the process.


How to enter

SHPE National Conference attendees can register at the Hackathon table located in the Convention Center.




John Deere

John Deere

Two Sigma

Two Sigma

Judging Criteria

  • Implementation
    Summary clearly defines the problem and approach, strongly addresses challenges expected in implementation, strong technical components, confident will be completed and implemented in the given time period.
  • Functionality
    The idea seems extremely feasible and viable with a high probability of success.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Design of application is very user friendly. Application is strongly designed and features implemented have a realistic application. Solution was creative and addressed most of the special considerations.
  • Presentation
    Presentation is clearly and logically organized. The message has a highly impactful introduction; clear content and transitions; and demonstrates strong technical expertise. Claims are always supported by solid, compelling evidence.