What can the Defense Industry learn from Hacking4Defense?
By August Cole, Joshua Pavluk and Jim Tinsley
Georgetown University’s Hacking4Defense program, which saw students finding solutions for real world DoD-posed problems using Silicon Valley’s Lean Startup method, recently came to a conclusion. Two mentors for the program, Avascent’s Joshua Pavluk and Jim Tinsley spoke with August Cole on key learnings from the course for the broader defense industry, and how students shortened product development cycles through iterative conversations with real customers and users.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
August Cole is the writer-in-residence at Avascent. He is also an Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow, focusing on using fiction to explore the future of war; and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War and the editor of the Atlantic Council’s War Stories from the Future anthology. Previously, Cole reported on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal. From Washington, he covered companies ranging from Boeing to Blackwater, as well as broader defense policy and political matters. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Joshua Pavluk is a Principal at Avascent, where he advises clients on developing and achieving their strategic growth objectives across the global aerospace & defense, homeland security, and public safety sectors. His specialties include advanced technology, innovation, electronics, unmanned systems, and international expansion. Josh has served a diverse set of clients including global integrators, sub-system and product suppliers, and non-profit laboratories. His field of subject matter expertise ranges from emerging capabilities such as directed energy to cutting edge technologies including robotics and unmanned systems. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Tinsley is a Managing Director at Avascent providing a wide range of management and strategy consulting support to domestic and international defense and security firms with a focus on major defense platforms and subsystems. His expertise and experience in the aerospace and defense sector helps clients address a range of needs, from market entry strategies and Price-to-Win to competitive positioning and mergers and acquisitions. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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