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In the response to the dynamically changing geo-political environment that we face today, NATO conducts a process of continuous transformation guided by a high level political agenda. Bringing effective change to such a large organization is however, a complex endeavor. It involves many actors, and typically is accompanied by water-fall type, lengthy procurement processes. This significantly hampers innovation, especially in the area of Information and Communication Technology where rapid agile methods have been proven to be much more effective.

In order to manage the enterprise change the North Atlantic Council issued the "Alliance Consultation, Command and Control Strategy" with a call to "establish Enterprise Architecture discipline". This new discipline is further guided by Enterprise Architecture Policy, which explicitly sets Enterprise Architecture primary objective to "...translate NATO’s vision and strategy into effective change of the current business and IT environments".

Enterprise Architecture Hackathon 2017

2017 ea hackathon finalreportThe 2nd Enterprise Architecture Hackathon built on already proven business model to further stimulate transformation and innovation within NATO. During Enterprise Architecture Track at TIDE Sprint in the fall of 2016 the following three business areas were selected for the 2nd edition of Enterprise Architecture Hackathon: Cyberspace, Verification and Validation, Command and Control.

The participants of Modelling challenge were tasked to develop a set of architectural patterns representing innovative aspects of the Cyberspace Domain by applying ideas from state-of-the-art technologies and business practices.
The developed patterns had to apply service oriented architecture principles, work in the federated environment, and identify interoperability points along with standardization opportunities.

The participants of Coding challenge were tasked to apply modern Data Analytics to discover “hidden gems” within the provided datasets from multiple, different interoperability testing events in which NATO-related Command and Control systems participate every year.
The goal was to come up with appealing visualizations of findings, and explain how those could be used to transform business.

The participants of Joint Challenge were tasked to develop experimental solutions in the domain of the Internet of Things (IoT) that can be used to solve operational problems. Solutions could be either architectural models or working software/hardware prototypes.

The 2nd NATO Enterprise Architecture Hackathon took place in London on 27-31 Mar 2017; click here for the Invitation Letter.

Additionally, a Request For Information was issued for industry and academia. It is available here.

The 2nd Enterprise Architecture Hackathon Handbook is available here.

The Final Report for the 2nd Enterprise Architecture Hackathon was published on May 25th, 2017. It is available here or, alternatively, clicking on the image above.