Learn how to innovate at speed while helping make the world a safer place.

In a crisis, national security initiatives move at the speed of a startup yet in peacetime they default to decades-long acquisition and procurement cycles. Startups operate with continual speed and urgency 24/7. Over the last few years they've learned to be fast and efficient with resources and time using lean startup methodologies. In this class student teams will take actual national security problems and learn how to apply lean startup principles, ("business model canvas," "customer development," and "agile engineering") to discover and validate customer needs and to continually build minimum viable products (MVPs) to test whether they understood the problem and solution. Teams take a hands-on approach requiring close engagement with actual military and intelligence community leaders and end-users.

So, why Hacking for Defense?

1.     You’ll work on hard, gnarly problems, while contributing to national service.

2.    You’ll work on real national security issues, with real national security leaders.

3.    You’ll learn Lean Startup methodology to help you build efficient and successful startups, and develop skills to solve problems in            any organization.

Here's a short video to demonstrate why H4D is so desperately needed: