FORCE Hackathon and Advances of Machine Learning on Subsurface Data

Welcome to this exciting new FORCE seminar.

  • Date 18.09.2018
  • Time 08:00
  • Duration 3 days
  • Participants 76
  • Register by 12.09.2018
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FORCE Hackathon and Advances of Machine Learning on Subsurface Data”

Hackathon 18-19 September. Symposium 20 September.

There are still available places for the one day symposium and presentations on Thursday 20th Sept.

The hackaton (18.-19.09) and conference dinner (19.09) is sold out.

Registration is possible for the Hackathon only, the Symposium only or both. Please indicate preferences during the sign-up

The number of participants at the top is not the total as there are two sign-ups!


If you are confirmed as a Hackathon attendee you are invited to participate in the Software Underground — This is a free, public Slack team. There will be some good discussion in there in the coming weeks, so it's recommended to sign up! Once in there, look for the #force-hackathon channel. Feel free to use the channel to form a team, discuss datasets, brainstorm projects and network with your FORCE Hackathon colleagues. Joining is optional, so no worry if you do not join the channel - about a week before the event, Matt Hall/Agile Scientific will send out information to help you prepare for the Hackathon.


Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have prompted the Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering community to investigate if technological breakthroughs could add value to workflows and challenges in exploiting for oil and gas and improving production. This Symposium will serve as an arena to discuss and learn from recent successes and pitfalls of applying Machine Learning to subsurface data such as well logs, seismic, production data, outcrop and core.



Program for download here.

Hackaton practical information for download here.

The Symposium is divided in two parts; a 2-day Hackathon followed by a 1-day seminar with invited speakers and a presentation of the result of the Hackathon. It is possible to sign up for the full 3 days, the hackathon only or the symposium only - please specify in the field for comments. 

On the Hackathon groups of 4-5 programmers and subsurface staff will:
● Identify/define problems and relevant sources of open subsurface data (most of this will be done prior to the event)
● Hack – start coding and explore solutions to the problems
● Network and Learn: Programmers will learn Earth Science & Engineering and Subsurface staff will learn what a programmer can do / Hack
● Generate small demos and show to the full group
● Compete for 1st prize
● Have fun and build connections that last

11 short talks of 20 minutes will be given followed by 5 minute questions /discussion. In addition the best projects from the preceding hackathon will be presented during the symposium and during the lunch break. If you would like to give a talk, please contact a member of the Organizing Committee with a short abstract by 15th June.

Organizing Committee:
Peter Bormann +4747887460,
Mark Hughes

Alessandro Amato del Monte,
Pernille Hammernes,
Ellen Marie Skartveit
Grete Block Vagle, +4793482332,
Sølvi Amundrud, +4790109321, 


If you are interested in sponsoring this seminar, details can be found here

Data Scientists / programmers  are invited to attend the Hackathon for free. If you fall in this category, please sign up to the Hackathon by sending an e-mail to Ellen Marie Skartveit


The Hackathon (18-19th September) has now reached the max limit of attendees. If you want to attend the hackaton, please send an email to to put you on the waiting list.

For symposium sign up, please find registration box to the top right. Here highlights and results from the Hackathon will be shared and excellent talks will be given. Sign up for the Seminar and expand your knowledge and network on Machine Learning!

Link to program.

Practical information, Hackaton

Participant fees
FORCE member
NOK 1500,-
NOK 3000,-
NOK 500,-
NOK 0,-

Please indicate in the text if you are taking part on
Hackathon and Symposium
Symposium only
Hackathon only

If you are a speaker in the seminar, please contact the FORCE secretariat to register: 

Important information:
You can register as a FORCE member and pay "FORCE member" price if you are an employee of a member company.
All FORCE members are listed here.

Payment is made online by credit card. Please note that no refunds will be given after you have signed up. If you for any reason can not attend the seminar, you are welcome to send a representative, just inform tone.mydland@npd.noo as soon as there are changes.

If you want to see the results and setup from previous hackathons please look here

Check out this YouTube video interviewing Matt Hall
Photo and production: Martha Steensnæs

Pictures from previous events (premission from Matt Hall, Agile)



A big thank you to our sponsors!






Photo: Øyvind Hagen - Statoil