Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

DHS program addresses security challenges

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently launched a new initiative designed to expedite solutions for its most immediate pressing security challenges.

Hacking for Homeland Security (H4HS) S&T identifies, develops, and adapts technologies addressing the needs of DHS components and first responders via innovation, as well as the discovery and development of creative ideas.

“The H4HS Program will be an opportunity for S&T and DHS components to test a unique innovation program focused on reframing problems and developing unique solutions,” Megan Mahle, S&T director of Industry Partnerships, said. “This will provide an inventive environment tailored to validate DHS critical problems with minimal investment.”

H4HS is modeled after Hacking for Defense (H4D), officials noted, adding H4HS would provide DHS with the capability to drive solutions and identify future interns with applied knowledge to work on DHS mission-relevant topics – adding value across the DHS enterprise for participating university programs and students who enroll in the courses.

“This pilot focuses on emergency management-related problems in support of FEMA Region VIII, headquartered in Denver, and aligns with the School of Mines’ learning goals,” said Sid Saleh, associate director, McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and instructor of the Mines’ H4HS class. “Our capable engineers seek opportunities to apply their learning and creativity in the real world. They are very motivated and driven to serve a higher purpose: to make someone’s life better. They want to do good with their knowledge and skills. We help them maximize and scale their impact.”