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Where your ideas help solve the Navy’s toughest digital challenges
By Cmdr. Tom Parker, Naval Sea Systems Command (05T) - July-September 2019
America’s Navy runs on machines. The ships and aircraft that secure sea lanes that underpin the global economy rely on software and networks for virtually every operation. That’s why protecting the digital domain is one of the Navy’s most important missions.

HACKtheMACHINE is where people from all walks of life—from software engineers to graphic designers, from students to start-up CEOs—help the Navy solve its foremost cybersecurity problems. At HACKtheMACHINE, participants work alongside military and government personnel to solve interesting and complex challenges the Navy faces. Ideas and insights from past HACKtheMACHINE events are at work today throughout the U.S. Navy.

Up to $90,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to participants who produce key insights or solutions, and there is potential for jobs and follow-on work for individuals and teams ready to contribute to the Navy’s mission of maintaining freedom of the seas.

HACKtheMACHINE New York offers three challenge tracks to appeal to a broad range of talents and skillsets.

HACK the SHIP: Premiering at this summer’s DEFCON 27, this unique maritime capture-the-flag experience is your chance to hack GIS (geographic information system), radar, and programmable logic controllers, including the opportunity to hack a newly developed cyber defense for industrial control systems. Will you be able to hack the ship?

Cleared for Takeoff: Aircraft, like the F-18, are some of the Navy’s most important—yet complex—assets, making aircraft maintenance one of the Navy’s most vexing and expensive problems. You will help the Navy learn whether data science and machine learning can predict maintenance problems before they happen and keep aircraft like the F-18 in the air.

Rendering Aid: If a ship is in distress, it’s the Navy’s job to help. What if the Navy could use 3D printers to quickly produce the parts needed to repair a ship? You will work with remote designers and engineers to design parts that can be built at sea—and save lives.

Join us Sept. 6 at The Intrepid Museum on Pier 86 in Manhattan and Sept 7-8th at New Lab in Brooklyn for the Navy’s premier digital event.

HACKtheMACHINE is the Blue Angels for Geeks!

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