SASE National Conference

SASEhack 2015 Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton

SASEhack 2015

Are you innovative and creative? Join SASE’s first ever problem-solving workshop, also known as SASEhack.

SASEhack is a 24-hour project building event focusing on hands-on technical skill training and demonstration. The hackathon invites students with design, engineering, and entrepreneur interests to collaborate on creating innovative solutions for real-world challenges.

The event is free, but space is limited to 60 participants, you must register via NC registration site here in order to participate.

Why participate?

  • Excitement of creation and showcase your talent
  • Experience team-work dynamic (a valiable skillset that every employer seeks)

What’s the structure of the event?

  • Pre conference
    • Registrants will be asked to fill out a profile form
    • The challenge topic will be provided by our lead sponsor and announced on 9/25/15 via
    • SASEhack organizers will form registrants into teams of 3-5 according to their skillsets and inform them about their team members 10/1/15 (If you have a preference of a team, please note when registering)
  • On the day of
    • We will kickoff the event with introductions and short workshops
    • Teams will begin hacking right after
    • All meals, water, coffee and tea will be provided to properly fuel the collaboration
    • We’ll also have a bunch of awesome tech on hand - 3D printers, wearable prototyping materials, arduinos, Intel Edisons, sensor kits. What teams create is theirs to keep
    • Teams will present their ideas before a panel of expert judges, who will award prizes for the most promising projects
  • Post conference
    • We will be hosting the project presentation online for showcasing

How do I connect to HTC Wifi?

Network: HTC-Guest

Password: #T3chn0l0gy

What's the location and transportation for the event?

The SASEhack will take place at the Houston Technology Center (HTC) at 410 Pierce Street, Houston, TX.  The official hashtag for the event is #SASEhack.

There is complimentary hotel shuttle (located near bellman’s desk near main entrance) from Hilton Americas Houston from 6am to 11pm everyday (call 1-713-739-8000 to schedule). If you need to ride outside of these hours, taxi or other car service (Uber is available in Houston!) will probably run you about $6~7. There is parking available at the HTC.

Find projects, teammates, and discuss and ask questions on the DevPost:

What's the schedule for the event?

Saturday 10/10

4 pm - 6 pm Doors open and setup
6 pm - 6:30 pm Registrants check-in
6:30 pm - 6:35 pm Kick-off (Welcome and announcement)
6:35 pm - 7:05 pm Booz Allen Hamilton welcome & presentation
7:05 pm - 7:20 pm Challenge overview with Q&A
7:20 pm - 7:30 pm Team forming
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Workshop break-out
8:30 pm  Hacking starts, photos!

 Sunday 10/11

 3 pm - 3:30 pm  Judges arrival and project submission deadline
 4 pm - 5:30 pm  Presentations (5min per team, 3min Q&A)
 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm  Award ceremony
 5:45 pm - 6 pm  Closing remarks and photos!

What's the Challenge?

Bring Data to Application or Application to the Data? - an IoT (Internet of Things) solution for Senior Healthcare @ Home

Provided by the organizer and sponsor: 

  • Container technology workshop (Docker)
  • Repository of data
  • Cloud environment (AWS)
  • Intel Edison
  • Various sensors, wires, bread boards, electronics

Participants will:

  • Decide the best way to process the data (on or off board of hardware)
  • Establish a sensor network and do analytics in cloud using container technology
  • Code the processor and ship data

How do I submit my project?

You must submit your project using DevPost by 3:30pm on Sunday.  We recommend registering for DevPost early and assembling your team:

You will not be able to hook anything up to the presenting computer.  Your presentation, demo, etc. will have to live on the internet, and you have to provide a link through your DevPost submission.

How can I present my project?

Each team has 5 minutes to present their work.  There will be a hard stop at the end of 5 minutes.

 Your work must be accessible via the internet, and the link must be posted on DevPost.  Here are some ways that people present hackathon projects:

  • Through a presentation (upload it to SlideShare and add the link)
  • Through a screencast or video (there are lots of tools you can use, such as Quickcast)
  • Through a product demo


There are a handful of judges from SASEhack lead sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton, and a handful of judges from the Houston community.  They will be evaluating your project based on:

  • Progress.  How far did the team get?  How close is the team for a finished solution? (prototype build) How many optional challenges are attempted/completed?
  • Relevance.  Is this solution truly workable in a real scenario?
  • Innovation.  How genuine is the solution? Is the thinking out of the box?
  • Presentation.  Did the team present their work in a compelling way?  Was it easy to understand the project, the scope, and how far they got?


The prizes are:
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250

Where to set up:

 You can set up in any room with a hackathon poster on the door.  For your reference, the following rooms are available within the Houston Technology Center:

  • Main presentation room
  • Judges room (around the corner from the kitchen)
  • 210
  • 214-215 (one big room)
  • 216
  • 130 (annex)
  • 251 (annex)
  • 312 (annex)


We will provide free food and drink for the duration of the event.  You are welcome to bring in food from the outside, but please clean up after yourself.

Other rules:

We try not to set too many boundaries, but it should go without saying that the Houston Technology Center and their tenants should be respected.  That means clean up after yourself, don’t be nosy, and try to be nice.  If you have questions, tweet to us.


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For questions and comments, contact Jinger Zeng, SASEhack Coordinator ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).