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CHIPS Articles: U.S. Navy Innovates for the Future at Hack the Machine 2019

U.S. Navy Innovates for the Future at Hack the Machine 2019
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derick Jones, Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs - September 12, 2019
NEW YORK (NNS) -- The U.S Navy hosted its annual Hack the Machine competition here Sept. 6-8 to help solve complex digital challenges with real-world applications in the maritime domain.

More than 600 private-sector professionals, students, and government personnel from around the country crowded the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s New Lab facility to compete. The area, known for its shipbuilding innovations from its establishment in 1801 to closure in 1966, now houses New Lab, home to 760 entrepreneurs in a variety of emerging technologies, such as hyperloop, quantum computing, space technology, autonomous vehicles, and advanced medical research.

“Hack the Machine is where talented Americans from all walks of life put their expertise to work to help the Navy solve some of its toughest problems,” said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering, Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA). “We give participants real data, real equipment and real challenges to overcome and it’s amazing what insights and ideas they come up with in just the two days that they are here.”

Event participants competed in one of three challenge tracks, “Hack the Ship, “Cleared for Takeoff and “Rendering Aid.” The goal was to develop innovative approaches to solve the problem sets focusing on data science, machine learning, cybersecurity, and part design, and event organizers awarded first, second, and third place prizes to teams in each track.

Previous Hack the Machine events have taken place in San Francisco, Austin, Boston, and Seattle. Key insights gained from previous events have already led to changes in predictive maintenance, updates to development platforms, and new cybersecurity measures.

“To compete, it’s vital that the Navy think outside of the box and stay on the cutting edge,” said Todd Balazs, Digital Integration Offices, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). “It’s through Hack the Machine that the Navy gets access to the newest and brightest talent out there.”

Hack the Machine is a jointly organized event by NAVSEA in partnership with NAVAIR, Navy Warfare Systems Command and the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group NCWDG.

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