Hacking for Defense
Solving national security issues with the Lean Launchpad
Hacking for Defense (H4D) is a project-driven course that teaches problem-solving, creative thinking, and solution development.
The class provides students with a menu of problems to solve, with each problem being sourced directly from a sponsor within the Department of Defense (DoD). Working directly with DoD personnel, class mentors, and other experts, students spend the semester crafting and refining solutions that can be adopted in short order.
Students’ work and solutions have real-world impact.
How does Hacking for Defense work?
Students break into teams of 3-4, and each team receives a real-life problem statement from the military. Over the course of the semester, students work hand-in-hand with their problem sponsor as they interview as many people related to their problem as they can. Students continually develop their solution as they become experts on their topic. By the end of the course, students are required to have a minimum viable product (MVP) and/or prototype.
What is H4D?
Hacking for Defense is a national program of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) that uses the Lean Launchpad or Lean Startup Methodology and startup-level speed to develop solutions sourced from the U.S. government.
Who is it for?
This class is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. All are encouraged to apply – this course is strongest when students from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and experiences join together to think through and solve some of today’s most pressing national security challenges.
How do I register?
Easy! Register by clicking the link below or head to your course registration.