Range Testing Analytics Challenge


The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) at Indian Head conducts science, technology, and manufacturing activities focused on energetic material systems, explosive ordnance disposal, and chemical / biological threats to sea-based warfighters like sailors and marines. The Indian Head base has approximately 2,000 employees focused across engineering, science, business development, and manufacturing capabilities.


Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) brings together the largest full-spectrum energetics facility in the Department of Defense (DoD) with the largest concentration of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technology and resources in the world. One of the key research activities involved in this process is conducting tests and collecting data. What does that mean?  Said simply, NSWC blows stuff up and records the findings.


Problem Statement

The current status quo of data collection creates frustrations and difficulties for staff. The tests collect data across a variety of formats including: audio data, video data, pressure data, and other meteorological data formats. The process of collecting, aggregating, and analyzing these variety of data formats presents challenges. There is not a simple process to collect, synthesize, and fuse these data types for a given test observation. Data is stored on different devices and can be challenging to track down over time.


Guiding Question

How might we streamline the collection, aggregation, and analysis of Range Testing data?


Submission Format

Hackathon submissions will be:


● Technical Demo, Software Prototype, or Analytics Dashboard

       ○ Ex: Microsoft Dynamics Software or Business Intelligence Analytics Tool

● Pitch Presentation

       ○ 10 slide PowerPoint


Evaluation Criteria


  Evaluation Criteria:

  Criteria Question

Min Score

Max Score

  Ease of Adoption:

  Can the solution be adopted and implemented in a streamlined manner?



  System Interoperability:

  Can the solution be integrated into NSWC’s existing testing systems?



  User Experience:

  Can the solution enhance the user’s experience of collecting, aggregating, and analyzing the Range Testing data?




  Can the solution easily scale to service more users and deploy on a production system?