Innovation Initiative in Emergency Response Launched

Innovation Initiative in Emergency Response Launched

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Creativity and innovation fuel the development of new technological solutions. An institutional catalyst is often required to create the right environment and motivate innovation. The US DoD has launched a new initiative designed to identify, develop, and adapt technologies addressing the needs of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components and first responders via innovation. 

The DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)’s has initiated the program named Hacking for Homeland Security (H4HS), which “will be an opportunity for S&T and DHS components to test a unique innovation program” and “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.

The current pilot focuses on emergency management-related problems, reports

Interested in learning more about innovation in the HLS sector? Watch the innovation session at INNOTECH 2020 conference on cyber, HLS and innovation.