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Hacking for Defense Congressional Briefing and Reception – 15 March 2018


4:00 – 4:05 Introduction by Pete Newell, one of the creators of Hacking for Defense

4:05 – 4:15 James Madison University Student Team

4:15 – 4:25 Columbia University Student Team

4:25 – 4:35 Georgetown University Student Team

4:35 – 4:45 Defense Acquisition University Student Team

4:45 -4:55 Q&A

4:55 -5:00 Closing comments by Congressman Lipinski

5:15-7pm:  Reception


Hacking For Defense Incorporated (H4Di) (a 501c3 non-profit organization) invites Members and their staff to an education session on 15 March from 4:00 – 5:00pm at the Capitol Hill Visitors Center (HVC 201 A&B), with a reception directly
afterwards (CVC 217).  

H4Di will provide an overview of Hacking for Defense (H4D), a nationally recognized university course. Currently taught at 11 universities across the nation (see map below), H4D teaches student teams to apply lean startup methodology, developed
in Silicon Valley, to rapidly solve challenging national security problems.

H4D was developed by U.S. military combat veterans and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who will share how H4D is delivering solutions to directly support the warfighter and the mission of innovation in national security. Also, four H4D university student teams
will present their work and answer questions about their experience.

Now in its 3rd year, H4D continues to produce impactful results:

  • Real-World Problems: Students work on real-world national security problems and engage directly with the national security leaders responsible for them.  To date, 62 Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) problems
    have been addressed in H4D courses.  
  • Real-World Solutions: Student teams deliver real solutions that are being implemented by the U.S. government — all while moving at the speed of a startup.  Six student teams have received funding from the DoD or venture capital to
    continue work on their respective DoD / IC problems.
  • Building the Next Generation of National Security Leaders: H4D is building 21st Century national security leaders.  205 students from across the nation have been introduced to national service and have
    helped solve the challenging problems facing the DoD and the IC.  66% of those students plan to continue working on their problems following the course.


This is a widely-attended event.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Armed Services, Education, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Science, Small Business, Technology, Veterans

Related Event Information

Event Location: HVC 201 A&B (4-5 PM) and CVC 217 (5:15-7 PM)
Event Start: 3/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
Event End: 3/15/2018 7:00:00 PM

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