NSIN Hacks - Off the Beaten Path Hackathon

Join us January 24 – February 10, 2022, as innovators work to develop solutions for autonomous vehicles traversing rugged terrain in austere environments.

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
    Up to three winning teams receive up to $15,000
  • Submission Deadline
    January 28, 2022
  • Program Duration
    48 Hours
  • Industry Focus
    Autonomous Off-Road Mobility
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

Autonomous off-road mobility is becoming a critical requirement for various military operations, including maneuvering in rugged environments and disaster relief. Vehicles in these missions will require sensors and software to navigate unexpected obstacles and have the hardware necessary to interact with these potentially difficult elements. Some of the challenges autonomous vehicles may face include objects that do not inhibit forward movements but occlude or confuse sensors, such as tall grass, brush, or debris. Similarly, other obstacles, such as fences or glass, may not be easily detectable given existing technology.

These systems should also be built around the fundamentals guiding trusted or assured autonomy, which encourage developing technologies that can operate with minimal human intervention. These systems must be designed to surmount potentially more challenging scenarios than simple navigation challenges and may require higher-level cognition.

NSIN Mad Hacks: Fury Code - Challenge Video

This introduction features NSIN Hacks Program Manager Kedar Pavgi reviewing the online challenge NSIN's Mad Hacks: Fury Code. Join us as we work to develop concepts, technologies, or systems to help human-controlled and autonomous vehicles operate through cyber-attacks or other instances of electronic warfare.


Develop concepts or technologies for new sensors, sensing techniques, perception, and intelligence algorithms to generate actionable information for an autonomous vehicle to successfully move through a rugged off-road environment.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

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