Three days, 50,000 square feet, 250 engineers, military officials, entrepreneurs, and designers...and one place—Austin’s startup incubator, Capital Factory.
A team huddles together in a conference room with open laptops and portable whiteboards to start brainstorming ideas. The challenge? Hack into a U.S. Navy ship.
“'Cool problems’ is a term I heard a lot,” says Booz Allen's Alison Jarris, one of the hackathon organizers. “I think younger technologists weren’t really aware of the challenges facing the Navy, like making software for its fleets more secure. That increased awareness is now making them think about potential careers in Navy—sans the uniform.”