Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods. In exchange our government sponsors benefit from 1) access to talent that most likely would never have served the country, 2) getting solutions as minimum viable products/prototypes in 10 weeks, 3) exposure to a problem solving methodology used in Silicon Valley and battle tested in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This week we are doing what we said we’ll do – scale the class nationally:
- Hacking for Defense at Georgetown: Began Wednesday, January 11
- Hacking for Defense at James Madison: Began Thursday, January 12
- Hacking for Defense at University of Pittsburgh: Began Monday, January 9
- Hacking for Defense at Boise State: Began Monday, January 9
- Hacking For Energy @ Columbia/NYU / CUNY: Begins: January 15
- Hacking for Defense at UC San Diego: Taught Fall 2016/next class 2017
- Hacking for Defense at Stanford: Taught Spring 2016/next class Spring 2017
None of this would be possible without Pete Newell and Joe Felter and the entire team at BMNT and the extraordinary teaching team at each of these universities.
This week I’m in Washington co-teaching the 2nd Hacking for Defense Educators and Sponsor class. More universities coming to the program, more government sponsors sharing problems, more variants being taught in 2017 (Diplomacy, Impact/Development, Space, Cities, Hollywood, etc.)
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