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February 15 – February 17, 2019
Six Foot: 4200 Montrose, Suite 100, Houston, Texas
hackathon@pumpsandpipes.com

 

Pumps & Pipes is hosting its inaugural Hackathon! In this problem-solving competition, participants will form interdisciplinary teams to tackle a series of real-life. complex computational and data-driven challenges, diving into each other’s toolboxes and competing to come up with the most innovative solutions. The winning solutions will be implemented by challenge sponsors.

We invite computational scientists, computer programmers, and P&P industry experts of all experience levels and disciplines to sign up. Hackathon will be held at the creative offices of Houston’s very own gaming and entertainment company, Six Foot. To inquire about participating, please email hackathon@pumpsandpipes.com.
  • Friday February 15th: 5PM host gathering for introduction, team forming (Teams of 5-10 totaling 50 Hackers)- snacks & networking for Attendees.
  • Saturday February 16th: 8AM – 6PM Hackaway. Ability for teams to continue to work on location through the night if desired.
  • Sunday February 17th: 8AM – Noon Hackaway. Starting about 1PM Panel judging Team presentations.

February 15 – February 17, 2018
Six Foot: 4200 Montrose, Suite 100, Houston, Texas
hackathon@pumpsandpipes.com

 

Pumps & Pipes is hosting its inaugural Hackathon! In this problem-solving competition, participants will form interdisciplinary teams to tackle a series of real-life. complex computational and data-driven challenges, diving into each other’s toolboxes and competing to come up with the most innovative solutions. The winning solutions will be implemented by challenge sponsors.

We invite computational scientists, computer programmers, and P&P industry experts of all experience levels and disciplines to sign up. The Hackathon will be held at the creative offices of Houston’s very own gaming and entertainment company, Six Foot. To inquire about participating, please email hackathon@pumpsandpipes.com.
  • Friday February 15th: 5PM host gathering for introduction, team forming (Teams of 5-10 totaling 50 Hackers)- snacks & networking for Attendees.
  • Saturday February 16th: 8AM – 6PM Hackaway. Ability for teams to continue to work on location through the night if desired.
  • Sunday February 17th: 8AM – Noon Hackaway. Starting about 1PM Panel judging Team presentations.

2018 Challenges & Sponsors

 

Challenge 1: Data Aggregation 

NALCO Champion’s RD&E department collects data in disparate formats (e.g., CSV files, Excel templates, text files, pdf documents, and written laboratory notebooks).  We challenge Hackathon participants to create an automated process to efficiently aggregate, structure, and analyze the data.

 

 

Challenge 2: AI-Driven Learning to Improve Outcomes

As the healthcare system becomes more data driven, how can clinicians leverage real-world evidence improve patient outcomes? In this challenge, your team must develop a continuous learning system that provides clinicians personalized educational content and resources to improve their professional performance.

Objectives:

  • Establish continuous quality improvement processes to ensure that educational efforts lead to intended learning outcomes
  • Turn evaluation data into insight by producing evaluations that facilitate understanding and action
  • Refine evaluation systems and learning recommendations to best use available resources and improve program outcomes

Key questions:

  • How do you analyze clinician performance?
  • What data sources or inputs determine performance?
  • What platform will you use to deliver education?
  • How will you monitor performance over time?

 

Challenge 3: Data-Driven Patient Counseling

As the United States continues to diversify, clinicians need better and more effective ways to educate patients at the point of care. Your team will identify systems of customization and adaptation that enhance conversations about conditions and treatments. It is estimated that patients only retain about 40% of the information given to them during a visit with a clinician, so closing this gap could help improve outcomes.

Objectives:

  • Identify a systemic way to capture the social, demographic, economic or geographic differences in patient populations and how that affects clinician-patient conversations
  • Define a system of customization for modifying patient education content to accommodate these differences
  • Define a system of measurement to track improvements in patient comprehension

Key questions:

  • How do socioeconomic differences affect clinician-patient communication?
  • What data sources or inputs will categorize patients?
  • What platform will you use to deliver education?
  • How will you identify necessary communication modifications?

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Challenge 4: P&P Global Hackathon

No need to be constrained by space! Pumps &Pipes is now a globally accessed program with country-specific chapters enjoying their own success bringing disparate industries together to solve the toughest of challenges.  Can P&P host a global online/virtual hackathon to aid in these industry endeavors?

Objectives:

  • Identify systems, platforms, and processes are needed for virtual global team collaborations
  • Determine how time zones would affect team interactions
  • Decide how to measure success
  • Identify incentives/rewards/prizes (if any) that drive participation

Challenge 5: JSC Carpool 

Directorate: Center Operations and Flight Operations

The Johnson Space Center (JSC) carpool challenge requests the most simple and efficient open-source (or not open source, with justification why it would benefit to utilize a COTS or subscription app, etc.) system to organize carpools to and from JSC. Currently, “vanpools” or mass transportation are options through Metro, and there are tax incentives for employees to participate. However, neither of these systems is widely adopted. An official JSC carpool system may overcome apparent employees barriers to carpooling: not knowing whether participants have had appropriate background checks, uncertainty over whether the vanpool vans can enter the gates, and reducing appeared costs of alternative commuting. JSC is looking for a unique solution beyond the already available smartphone apps for carpooling to meet the needs of JSC employees.

 

Challenge 6: Automated Processing Of Drawing Verification

Directorate: Engineering

Spaceflight hardware is built according to an engineering drawing. At JSC, these drawings are kept in a configuration control repository called the Engineering Drawing Control Center, or EDCC. When a piece of hardware is going to be built, the assembly steps that require verification are put in a list called a Task Performance Sheet (TPS). The TPS lists all of the steps from the drawing that require verification. For mechanical part, examples include part dimensions, hole locations, and surface finish. For an electrical part, examples include checking continuity, soldering of contacts, and conformal coating. Much of the information already on the drawing has to be duplicated on the TPS to be recorded for verification.

Your team will create a system that can take PDF drawings and record the verification or rejection of critical features in graphical form. For example: The drawing shows a part with a required corner radius. Our current method is to have a TPS with a step that says “Verify corner radius is XX as shown on drawing YY.” The new method would be to record the corner radius directly on the drawing. This is easy to do with paper: Simply initial or stamp next to each feature as it is verified. Your solution must be electronic, searchable, and able to positively identify when all required verifications have been completed.

 

Challenge 7: RFID-less Part Tracking Using Smartphones

Directorate: Engineering

Keeping track of the location of all NASA’s parts is a big job. Commercial off-the-shelf solutions using RFID or similar technologies are expensive to deploy across a large organization. However, most people carry a smartphone in their pocket that can take pictures with embedded location information. Can this information be used to keep track of parts?

Develop a system that receives email and/or SMS pictures with location information and creates a searchable database with the part name, the picture, the sender of the picture, and the location. Try to minimize any additional information the sender needs to add to the picture.

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