HACKING FOR DEFENCE (H4D)- AUSTRALIA

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WHAT IS HACKING FOR DEFENSE?

Hacking for Defense™ is a program that allows participants to develop a deep understanding of the problems and needs of government sponsors in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. In a short time, participants rapidly iterate prototypes and produce solutions to sponsors' needs.

For universities and other education and training organisations it keeps their programs attached to real-world problems and provides students with an experiential opportunity to become more effective in their chosen field, with a body of work to back it up. For government agencies, it allows problem sponsors to increase the speed at which their organization solves specific, mission-critical problems.

BRINGING H4Di TO AUSTRALIA

Our team of former military members, entrepreneurs, educators, and emerging innovators is scaling the Hacking for Defense program from Stanford University to Australia. We are hard at work vetting the proposed national security problems, and preparing to deliver upcoming H4Di programs.

WE CONNECT THE
DEFENCE FORCE TO SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST MINDS

The Hacking for Defense Program enables a new means to combat hundreds of critical national security problems each year. Government Problem Sponsors are partnered with the nation’s top minds who are eager to harness their skills to address national security issues. Sponsors work closely with and guide their participants while they utilize lean business practices to rapidly create and deploy solutions.

WE PAIR PARTICIPANTS WITH
MENTORS AND TECHNICAL ADVISORS

The Hacking for Defense program combines rapid problem sourcing processes developed by the US Army with innovative Silicon Valley business models. Students utilize the Lean Methodology, and we challenge them to understand the pressure and stress of starting a company. Corporate Sponsors support and mentor students during this process and develop close bonds with their teams.

 

Explainer Video:
(Stanford University Example)

2017 AUSTRALIAN PROGRAM OVERVIEW

IN BRIEF

  • 10x weekly sessions (2hrs)
    • Commencement date: Wednesday 11th October 2017
    • Time: 6pm - 8pm
    • Location: Fleet Base East - Innovation Hub (Garden Island Navy Base)
  • User discovery utilizing the Mission Model Canvas
  • Problem Sponsor: Royal Australian Navy
    • Fleet Base East - Innovation Hub (Garden Island)
    • Problem definition: Use cutting edge technologies in order to harness existing Navy data sources so that Officers of the Watch gain enhanced situational awareness.
  • Collaboration with a panel of problem focused Industry and Military personnel.
  • Contact and interviews with Navy members during the 10 weeks
  • Familiarisation visits to experience the environment and problems directly with the Defence members.
  • Week 10 Pitch to Senior Defence Force Leaders
  • The opportunity to gain support from Defence and Industry to advance your solution post-program (For example, through your own startup which captures the IP and continues developing towards commercialisation)

Who are we looking for to join the program?
Individuals or existing teams who are 18+ with a desire to make a difference.

 

The application deadline has passed for the 2017 course.

 

H4Di Australia Program Delivery Team:

 

Norm Jenkins

Defence Programs Director @ X-Lab

With 14 years in the military and a lifetime starting, growing and exiting his own businesses, Norm now applies his interest in technology and innovation and close ties with Defence and Academia to developing and managing large scale organisational change and rapid improvement programs. He is now actively developing a network of universities in the Asia Pacific region to deliver Hacking For Defense

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Dr Tim Parsons

Co-founder & CEO @ X-Lab

Pollenizer alum. A veteran digital/tech exec with global experience in the digital media and IPTV realms, as well as degrees in Computer Science and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Tim is an experienced facilitator who is passionate about “deep tech” – and is a co-founder in his own right, of Space Startup Accelerator Delta-V, of global IPTV gazelle iflix.com, and of innovation and commercialisation agency X-Lab.

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Allen Haroutonian

Co-founder & CSO @ X-Lab

Pollenizer alum. A serial founder who has also had a career working in and delivering to some of the world’s largest companies (IBM, Apple etc). Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of X-Lab, Allen helps coach founders and advise executive teams to de-risk their business models, whilst also helping develop go-to-market strategies that have helped Australian startups scale into Silicon Valley.

 

H4Di Australia Program Partners

 

Additional H4D Information:

H4Di Primary Website: http://www.h4di.org/about.html

Steve Blank on H4D: https://steveblank.com/category/hacking-for-defense/

H4D at Stanford University: http://hacking4defense.stanford.edu/