October 20, 2017  

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Southern Miss Set to Offer Second Hacking for Defense (H4D) Course

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University of Southern Mississippi students once again to have an opportunity to study issues and create solutions facing the country’s national defense as part of a Hacking for Defense (H4D) course being offered for the second time during the Spring 2018 semester.

The new course is administered through the Interdisciplinary Studies for undergraduate and graduate students.

H4D gives students hands-on experience in understanding and working with the Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Intelligence Community (IC) on actual problems they currently confront. Students learn how to innovate at speed and learn how to deploy solutions using lean methods to solve national security problems.

The class combines that same rapid problem sourcing process developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan with the Lean LaunchPad Methodology for rapid customer learning and product development, the course was first taught at Stanford as the Lean LaunchPad course.

The focus of the H4D class has been on solving DOD and IC problems; USM will be addressing and finding dual-purpose solutions to address national security challeges. However, initial indications are that the approach is generalizable and can embrace the challenges faced by a range of organizations that measure their success, not in terms of revenue and profit, like most private sector companies, but rather by mission achievement and creating public value for their constituents.

There will be a series of social events called Brown Bag Lunches and H4D Socials hosted on both Campuses over the next few months. These include:

  • Oct 2, 2017 Location: Hattiesburg, Bobby Chain, Room 331, Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 5, 2017 Location: Gulf Park, Fleming Education CTR, Room: 102 Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 23, 2017 Location: Hattiesburg, Bobby Chain Building RM 331,Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov 9, 2017, Location: Gulf Park, Fleming Education CTR, Room: 102 Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov 30, 2017, Location: Gulf Park, Fleming Education CTR, Room: 102 Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

For more information concerning Hacking for Defense (H4D) visit www.hacking 4defense.st.usm.edu, like the program on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/USMH4D/

For more information please contact Dan DeMott at dan.demott@usm.edu or (601) 266-4207.