In times of increased flooding, how can we best convince people (especially in coastal areas) to get flood insurance?

Are you an innovator who is looking for a chance to do good in the world? Need a small creative challenge? Want to network and meet others like you? You have found a true blue opportunity.

As we see increased flooding along our shores and inland, it is more important than ever before to get through to people and help them before disaster strikes.

We at FEMA Region III are looking for fresh takes on how to convince people (especially in coastal Delaware) to get flood insurance, using things like games, infographics, video, social media strategy, and other marketing tools. 

Join us for a full day creative intensive, where you can work with others in your field alongside floodplain managers, emergency professionals, and professional communicators to get things done and have fun in the process!

 

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Eligibility

FAQs

All skill levels and backgrounds are welcome, you don’t need to be a coder to participate in this Hackathon! Just bring a laptop!

I can’t attend in person, can I still participate?
In person only.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is an all-ages event.

How do I get to the Hackathon?

Our regional office is in the One Independence Mall Building on Chestnut Street and 6th Street. Once you get to the office you must pass through a security checkpoint. Unless you have a DHS-issued ID, your bags will be checked, and you will go through an airport-style metal detector. Please have a government-issued picture ID to gain access to the building. Once on the sixth floor, use the phone to call extension x5705 or x5757 if after hours to have someone greet you and allow entrance to the office floor.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is on street parking which requires payment to machines located on every block. Parking in Philadelphia is strictly monitored and tickets are frequent. The building does have off-street parking for $17.00 cash. There are also several public and privately-owned parking lots in the vicinity of the office.

If arriving by train to Philadelphia’s 30th St. Amtrak station you can get to the office by Taxi or take the Market-Frankford subway line (direction Frankford Transportation Center) and get off at the 8th St. or 5th St. stop. The fare is $2.25.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No

Can I update my registration information?

Yes.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Nope. We need accurate registrations to get people through building security.

What should I bring?
Laptop, Ideas, and knowhow to power all the brainstorming!

I can’t attend but still want to participate in future hackathons. Should I still register?
Email us to get connected! (^_^)v

Requirements

All skill levels and backgrounds are welcome, you don’t need to be a coder to participate in this Hackathon! Just bring a laptop!

What can I expect at the event?

Hackers are going to get the problem statement, hear some background and context on flood insurance and flood risk from subject matter experts, form groups based on skillsets, and create products to solve the issue. Each group will be able to call on subject matter experts or a facilitator at any point. In the evening, groups will present their products, talk about distribution, and winners will be chosen for recognition.

Judges

Dan Stoneking

Dan Stoneking
FEMA Region III External Affairs Director

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Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Cost
  • More to Come

themes

  • Communication
  • Social Good