Design challenge hackathon on critical infrastructure now open for student registration – February 25-27  

Countering Emerging Threats to Critical Infrastructure

Registration is now open for the first multi-COE hackathon/design challenge led by CAOE. This event presents students with several real-world problem statements impacting homeland security and gives students the opportunity to design, build and implement innovative solutions that will be presented to DHS leadership.  

In partnership with DHS Centers of Excellence, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), Maritime Security Center (MSC), National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology and Education (NCITE) and Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center (CINA), this hackathon will engage students from ASU, University of Illinois, Stevens Institute of Technology, George Mason University, University of Nebraska at Omaha and our MSI partner schools to develop solutions to protect our critical infrastructure. 

Experts in critical infrastructure from DHS, industry and academia will be available presenting skills training and mentoring students during the event and cash prizes will be given to the top teams.

Subject matter presentation will be given during the opening of the event by Dr. Stephen Flynn, a leading expert on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience.  Greg Simmons, Program Manager for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and workforce development at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate will join us to discuss career opportunities at DHS. This will be a hybrid event with students and mentors interacting in-person at the participating schools and virtually via Zoom and Discord.  

Registration is now open.   Please visit your schools link below to register.  Open to current undergraduate and graduate students at participating schools. 

CAOE – ASU Students 

NCITE – UNO Students 

CIRI – Illinois Students 

CINA – George Mason Students 

MSC – Stevens Insitute Students and Partner Schools 

Event Location

Virtual & On-Site