GlobalHack to Host Its Second $50,000 Hackathon at Cortex in St. Louis

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Winning Participants to Receive Cash Prize Immediately Upon Successful Event Conclusion

We are excited to see what the contestants can do to unravel a national security challenge.

Building on the success of its inaugural hackathon earlier this year, GlobalHack has announced the details for its highly anticipated second event: GobalHack II. GlobalHack, a non-profit organization that fosters talent and innovation through coding competitions, will partner with OGSystems to host a hackathon to take place between August 22, 2014 and August 24, 2014 at the Cortex Innovation District in St. Louis, MO.

GlobalHack’s hackathons bring together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to compete for a $50,000 cash prize. The intense 48-hour computer programming event challenges participants to solve technology-related problems for companies aiming to expand their St. Louis footprint.

GlobalHack II will follow the successful format of GlobalHack I. All teams will be assigned an identical project, the full details of which will only be released an hour before the start of the event. The project scope will be defined in collaboration with OGSystems, a nationwide technology and software development company that focuses on developing disruptive solutions for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and commercial businesses. Participating teams should have a baseline understanding of natural language processing, machine learning, formal ontologies and taxonomies, JavaScript, MongoDB, and REST web services. OGSystems will present a $50,000 cash prize to the winning team for the prototype that they develop during the weekend-long event.

“Our growth rate and customer appreciation has been based on one thing – the ability to innovate and deliver solutions more quickly than our larger competitors. This competition fits our ‘agility first, ship and deliver’ mindset to a T, and we are excited to see what the contestants can do to unravel a national security challenge,” said Garrett Pagon, President at OGSystems.

“We are thrilled to be part of the creative and technical energy of GlobalHack II participants as they work to solve big data challenges. We know this event will be a fantastic way to expand our research and development presence in the thriving St. Louis hi-tech market,” added Mark Tappan, VIPER Labs Chief Engineer at OGSystems.

TopOPPS, the title sponsor from GlobalHack I, will return as an event sponsor, along with McGladrey, Cultivation Capital, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Thompson Colburn, and Vertical Realty Advisors.

GlobalHack I, hosted in February, drew 200 developers, designers, and business professionals to St. Louis from California, New York, and across the country. TopOPPS awarded $60,000 in cash prizes and hired 10 participants as full-time employees, including its Head of Engineering who has since relocated from California to St. Louis.

For details and to register for the GlobalHack hackathon, visit

About GlobalHack, Inc.
GlobalHack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts quarterly hackathon competitions and an annual product competition. The organization was founded in St. Louis, Missouri by Gabe Lozano, CEO of LockerDome; Travis Sheridan, Executive Director at Venture Cafe Foundation; and Drew Winship, CEO of Juristat. GlobalHack aims to award more than $1 million in prize money annually. Learn more at

About OGSystems, LLC
OGSystems (OGS) was founded in 2005 with a mission to provide technically advanced solutions to customers through a culture of constant innovation. Its vision is to effect positive change in every engagement. In an industry that is accustomed to long and inefficient procurement cycles, OGS has been an alternative for Defense and Intelligence clients seeking innovative companies to solve their most difficult problems. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, with regional offices in Florida, Missouri and Colorado, OGS has over 250 geospatial engineers, software developers, data scientists and mission subject matter experts in the areas of cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence, and big data analytics. The company boasts an entrepreneurial culture that emphasizes exploration, idea engineering, and counts a growth rate of over 100% year-over-year since inception. OGS’s goal is to provide disruptive, recognizable and trustworthy services to the Intelligence Community and commercial businesses in core markets.

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