Welcome to the 2024 VelocityX: Artificial Intelligence Hackathon

Join us for the third annual VelocityX Hackathon on March 21-22, 2024!

About the VelocityX: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hackathon

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM), in partnership the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and with Brightidea, will implement a hybrid (virtual and in-person) AI hackathon in March 2024.

Create and fine-tune an image classification model that can detect and identify images from a given dataset. The goal of the challenge is to demonstrate key concepts such as data preprocessing, model architect design, and training techniques that can be transferable to military applications that involve the need for image classification.

Teams will engage collaboratively in the problem-solving opportunity from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to create an Image Classifier that will be able to detect and identify an aircraft!

Click to learn more about the Image Recognition Challenge and be sure to check out the challenge details for additional information. 

Why should I participate in VelocityX: AI Hackathon?

VelocityX is an exciting and novel program, but its success relies on the active participation from people like you. By participating in VelocityX you can:

  • Work on real world solutions for a challenge 
  • Earn prize money from a $12,000 pool
  • Get support and technical resources to build your entrepreneurial ideas
  • Get access to mentorship opportunities
  • Contribute to an innovative program to build your resume and professional network

Here's what Hassan Turay, the first place winner in 2022 and 2023, had to say about his experience:

"My goal in this project was to hide the massive amounts of data from users and instead provide them with simple, palatable information," he said. His final project, which earned top title in the data visualization challenge, allowed users to map the flood risk of any property in the area. Turay was a second-time winner at VelocityX Hackathon: last year [in 2022], he was part of team 111%, which took home the top prize in the Range Testing Analytics Challenge."

How do I participate in VelocityX?

1. Learn about the Challenge. To participate in VelocityX you first should learn more about the challenge.

2. Register. In order to submit an idea or join a team, please log in or "register" to create your account (see above and to the right). You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you supply. Once you are registered and logged in, you'll be able to complete the desired action!

3. Join the event or submit your initial idea to connect with potential teammates! This is just to get you started, you will be able to update and further build out your idea ahead of and during the hackathon.

4. Create Innovative Solutions at the Hackathon. The hackathon will be conducted in-person at the Velocity Center, but for those who are participating remotely, virtual hackathon participants can also participate using the hackathon site. A hackathon is a 2-day event that will be focused on building solutions to the challenge identified.

2023 VelocityX Climate Innovation Hackathon Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 VelocityX Climate Innovation Hackathon Winners.

Marketing Strategy Challenge

  ● 1st Place - Team EcoAlert (Dylan Bridgewater, Zephaniah Seaforth, Nishtha Patel)

  ● 2nd Place -Team Climate Marketers (Ali Beshir)

Data Visualization Challenge

  ● 1st Place - Team Climate Coders (Hassan Turay)

  ● 2nd Place- Surge Protector.py (Ari Gaskins)

  ● 3rd Place - Interactive Map (Thomas Wills, Miracle Washington, Nevaeh McKinney)

  ● 3rd Place - Data Visualization Tools (Syreika Thorpe)

VelocityX Sponsors

Click the logo to learn more!









VelocityX Community Innovation Hackathon : Home





2024 Presenting Partner


Register or Log In

In order to submit an idea or join a team, please click “register” below to create your account. We will send a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you supply. Once you are registered, you'll be able to complete the desired action!

Invite A Friend


February X - March 20

Participant Registration

Idea Submission

Team Formation


March 21 - 22
Hackathon Event


March 22

Winner’s Announced



Cash Prizes Distributed


$12,000 in total prizes will be awarded, as follows:


1st Place



2nd Place



3rd Place



4th Place



About the Velocity Center

The CSM Velocity Center, operated and managed by CSM, is a place of innovation, learning, and collaboration for academia, the Navy, and the community.  This collaborative learning space supports workforce development and economic growth in Southern Maryland. Learn more here!