August 24-26, 2018 - Charleston, SC


Participant Agreement   Agenda   Spec Sheet   Judging Criteria  


The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is pleased to host the Chucktown Floods Hack in conjunction with BoomTown and College of Charleston Computer Science Department.

Guidance for the event has been provided by The Lowcountry Hazards Center - College of Charleston, Office for Coastal Management - NOAA, City of Charleston, Charleston Water System, Nelson Mullins, Priority 5 Holdings, and eGroup.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, on behalf of the Charleston Resilience Network (CRN), was awarded a contract for this project through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Plan Security and Resilience Challenge.

Goal of the Hackathon

The purpose of the project is to develop a tool or framework that would allow stakeholders (business and industry, municipalities, and individual homeowners) to navigate the available resilience tools and data centered on flooding in the Charleston County area. Stakeholders can then make informed, proactive decisions in the face of coastal hazards and create a more sustainable and knowledgeable community.

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Pre-registration is Required

This is a quick event with a big goal - teams should have at least 3, but no more than 5 people.

Registration is now closed for this event.


Funding and support provided by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, through the National Infrastructure Protection Program Security and Resilience Challenge which is implemented by The National Institute For Hometown Security (NIHS).



1505 King Street Extension, Suite 101
Charleston, South Carolina 29405


Friday, Aug 24th: 5pm - Overnight
Saturday, Aug 25th: 24 Hours
Sunday, Aug 26th: Ends at 5pm

Food Included for Participants

Friday - appetizers
Saturday and Sunday - breakfast and lunch, snacks and beverages
Dinner on your own, many options nearby
Filtered water available for your water bottle


To develop a two-part integrated web-based and mobile responsive tool that: 1) reduces barriers to accessing data associated with flooding vulnerability, and 2) enhances decision-making that results in improved resilience to future flooding events in the Charleston County region. Once the tool is developed, stakeholders (Charleston County residents, businesses, and municipalities) will be empowered to make informed, proactive decisions in the face of coastal hazards and create a more knowledgeable and resilient community.

The product to be developed has two key components: 1) a resilience portal and 2) a data repository for Charleston County residents, businesses, and municipalities.

A product specification sheet with details about what type of product (prototype) we desire with examples of datasets and information will be provided the day of the event.


A full judging rubric will be provided the day of the event.

Ease of Use Fitness of Purpose Novelty Product Roadmap / Planning for the Future Mapping Component (Required for Data Repository) Use of Vetted Data Sources (we will provide on the first day of the hackathon) Interoperability Mobile Responsive Website


Hackathon memorabilia will be given to all participants.

At the conclusion of the Hackathon, teams will present their final solutions to the Judges. The entry earning the highest score will be declared the winner of the Hackathon. Upon selection of the winner, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will present the opportunity to enter into contract for further development of the winning application. In the event that the Hackathon winner declines the opportunity to further develop the application, the entry with the next highest score will be presented the same opportunity (and so on until an agreement has been reached). Contracts will only be awarded to entities registered through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with a corresponding Employer Identification Number (EIN).


For questions, please contact Vanessa Martin at 843-953-2096, or

Press/media please contact Susan Ferris Hill,

Can my team develop anything before the event? No, all work for your prototype should be done during the event and not beforehand.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Parking, free of charge, is available at BoomTown, the event location.

What can I bring into the event? You may bring your computer, mouse, power cord, toggles/adapters, charger or spare batteries, earphones/headphones, backpack, favorite snacks and energy drinks, notebook/scratch paper, and pens/pencils, along with anything to make yourself comfortable. Filtered water is available for your water bottle.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes, please bring your printed ticket to enter the event.

Can participants leave and re-enter the event? Yes, participants have 24 hour access to the event with a name badge, and can leave and re-enter as needed.