Hacking for Defense at Georgetown University returns in the Spring Semester of 2018. It is now open to all GRADUATE engineering students at University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering, George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering, George Washington University School of Engineering, Catholic University, and Howard University.
Plan to apply, now!
The course number is SEST-701. Stay tuned for H4D presentations at your school, soon!
Hacking for Defense™ (H4D) is the most unique and rewarding class you’ll take at Georgetown. A Security Studies Program course designed for all graduate students in all schools and programs, it takes an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary approach to America’s hardest national security challenges. The complexity of these challenges demands a transformative effort that requires committed, multi-faceted teams comprised of graduate students from every school and program at Georgetown. We need and want policy wonks, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, makers and mechanical engineers, systems engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, biomedical and public health professionals, physicists, techies, poets, and everyone between to be part of this unique effort. You will be at the forefront of changing the paradigm of problem-solving and solution development for the U.S. Government. The course is demanding; you’ll present at every class, you’ll work closely with your team, you’ll receive relentlessly direct feedback, your problem sponsors, mentors, and military and intelligence community liaisons will be in the room, and so will prospective investors, but you’ll be solving real problems for real customers, in real-time.
It's why you came to Georgetown.
H4D is an education initiative sponsored by the U.S. Government proponent, the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator at the National Defense University, and was originally created at Stanford by Pete Newell, Joe Felter, Professor Tom Byers, and Steve Blank, and has been wildly successful. Teams of 3-5 students from interdisciplinary backgrounds work together to solve real-world national security challenges given to us by problem sponsors inside the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Past problem sponsors have been Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), The Asymmetric Warfare Group, and many others. Using Lean Startup Methodology, and working closely with their problem sponsors, mentors, and liaisons, teams will have 13 weeks to bring a product or service "to market." In a past class, four of eight teams received additional funding to continue their work from either their problem sponsor or an investor.