At the OA Hackathon 2017, Arrowmen will shape how the OA uses technology

This is what cheerful service looks like in the era of smartwatches, self-driving cars and Snapchat.

The OA Hackathon, held Oct. 6 to 8 at the Intel offices in Folsom, Calif., will give Arrowmen a hands-on opportunity to reimagine the way the Order of the Arrow uses technology.

Among the projects Arrowmen will tackle:

  • Developing an OA app
  • Revamping LodgeMaster, the OA’s online system for managing lodge membership
  • Experimenting with new technologies, such as NFC (near-field communication) and facial recognition
  • Anything else Arrowmen can design to propel the OA into the 21st Century

Who can participate?

Innovators of all ages — adults and youth — are welcome. The only requirement is that you’re an Arrowman, but those with intermediate to advanced programming skills will have the best experience because they’ll spend less time learning the ropes and more time working with Intel engineers.

Three leagues

Participants will join one of three leagues: Games, Communications and Delivery.

  • The Games League will hack away new technology-based activities that Arrowmen can use to have some fun on the go.
  • The Communications League will focus on developing tools to streamline communication internally and to all Arrowmen.
  • The Delivery League will explore new ways to deliver program to participants to make it easier for both staff and participants to understand what’s happening at events.

The basics: When, where, how much

When: Oct. 6 to 8. Participants should plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, and depart no sooner than 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Where: Intel offices in Folsom, Calif. Lodging is at the nearby Hampton Inn.

How much: Prices differ depending on bed setup. Prices are as follows:

  • $100, fold-out sofa
  • $125, double bed
  • $150, king bed

All prices include transportation from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to the Hackathon site. Participants are responsible for paying for their own flights to and from Sacramento.

Why you should participate

  • Enhance your coding experience
  • Interact with fellow Arrowmen from across the country to share experiences and expertise
  • Work with Intel Engineers and many other experts in the field of technology
  • Take part in changing the future of the Order of the Arrow

How to register

Go here.

For more, follow OA LodgeMaster (@OALodgemaster) on Facebook and Twitter and keep your eye out for posts using #HackOA.


  1. After attending Jambo as an OA Staff Member, I really appreciate the App! Here are three things that IMHO really need to be incorporated:
    – A local Lodge App and a Chapter App so that all members can keep in touch without having email bounce-backs, Spam filters, etc. with an integrated Calendar that pushes notifications to the front screen

    – Some way to get information about Events *to* the people who are in charge of the Apps so that the Apps are kept current. (Maybe different colors for Chapter vs Lodge vs National vs Regular Scouting?)

    – LodgeMaster needs to have on-line sign-ups for Fellowships & accept PAYMENTS. Whether it’s through Paypal (all Lodges need is a FREE business account with Paypal and to come to an agreement with their Local Council office), the amount of time *adult volunteers* have to take to mesh Registrations with LodgeMaster is ridiculous (uploading by Excel doesn’t work because some people use nicknames, or there’s a Jr versus Sr, etc….).

    If a person can create a login just like any other website and be able to pay online…that would take us into the 21st century!

  2. It would be great if a similar game could be provided for Arrowmen to access, similar to the one used at the Scouting Museum, so they can learn about OA history and gain general knowledge about Native America and Scouting.

  3. Why can’t the rest of the BSA be as forward thinking and transparent on a national level as the OA is? I’d love to see some of this innovation be translated to the rest of the organization.

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