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Hacking for Defense (H4D) at Mines & DU

Solve real problems! Make a huge difference!

Apply Your Knowledge, Skills and Creativity to Challenging Problems. Discover Your Untapped Potential.
In a crisis, national security initiatives move fast, at startup speed. Yet in peacetime they default to decades-long acquisition and procurement cycles. Obviously, this isn’t cutting it.

Today, our potential adversaries are able to quickly acquire and harness the power of innovations: social networks, encryption, GPS, low-cost drones, 3D printers, the Internet and many other technologies. Join us and  do something about it. Learn how to design and test solutions to important national security problems with speed, urgency and creativity.

Apply for the Hacking For Defense (H4D) interdisciplinary course, offered jointly by the Colorado School of Mines and DU, to work on student teams to develop tech solutions solving important national security problems. You will also apply entrepreneurial principles – problem validation, beneficiary discovery and business model development – to actual, real-world problems. Take this opportunity to work collaboratively with sponsoring agencies to uncover and validate beneficiary needs and build iterative prototypes with active military, the Department of Defense, amazing mentors, and other government agency personnel. For additional information on H4D, click the following link.

Schedule Details:

  • Application Deadline – Tuesday, December 18, 2018,11:59 pm
  • Interview Notifications – Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Interviews – Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Acceptances – Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • First Day of Class – Thursday, January 10, 2019

Class Details:

What: TOPICS Hacking for Defense (H4D) (BUS 4700-02, CRN: 5373)
When: Winter Quarter 2019. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6:15 pm
Load:  4 credits
Instructor: Professor Sid Hanna Saleh, Colorado School of Mines; Professor Marty Katz, DU
Location:  Catalyst  |  3513 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216

Application: Admission is by teams of four students (Mines and DU students) from any school or department. No team yet? No problem! We’ll help match you with teammates. Limited enrollment by application. The course is open to – and encourages participation from – students from all units and all disciplines. No technical expertise is required. This is a graduate level course for graduates and exceptional undergraduates with instructor permission.

Hacking for Defense has been offered at several universities across the U.S. Check out the video below from the Hacking for Defense: Stanford Management Science and Engineering 297 course.

Industry Innovation:
The Internet of Things

Work with real companies. Deliver real results.

The Internet of Things will require every company to rethink its business strategies and operating structures in order to remain relevant in its industry.  The basic structure of this program is for a team of cross campus students to work on an IoT innovation project that is scoped to meet the specific needs of its industry client.  The project work plan is designed to produce a management consultant style report with a heavy emphasis on innovative and entrepreneurial thinking. Teams will consist of 5-6 students representing engineering, computer science, marketing, finance and liberal arts.  An experienced industry advisor will be assigned to each team responsible for managing the project work plan, client engagement and product quality.

The course will be offered during both Winter and Spring Quarters, and there will be both for-credit and not-for-credit options to best meet students’ needs. More details to come on this. Students will interact directly with company functional leaders, which could result in summer internship opportunities with the sponsor company.  The goal of this project is to drive innovative thinking.

Arrow Electronics Service Integration Project:

Arrow’s goal is to secure $100M of growth by 2022 in cellular data modems/modules, data connectivity and integrated SaaS solutions with the first $20M milestone achieved in 2019 within the Americas and EMEA.  Arrow is well positioned to succeed:

  • Access to over 100,000 OEM customers globally.
  • World leading portfolio of technology suppliers including Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Sierra Wireless, Telit, Quectel and 1NCE.
  • Existing sales of cellular modem and module  technology and embedded gateways and edge compute devices.
  • A strategic relationship with CSGI to provide billing services globally.

The DU innovation team will collaborate across finance, engineering, marketing and computer science to help develop, promote and scrutinize the IoT data connectivity services value proposition.

DISH Networks NB-IoT Project:

Dish has spent roughly $20 billion over the past decade amassing narrow-band spectrum, which is valued today at about $30 billion.  Dish will spend between $500M and $1B building out the first phase of its NB-IoT network that will cover 70% of the US population by 2020.  Service availability is scheduled to begin this coming March.  The objective of this innovation project is for a cross campus team of DU students to work directly with DISH’s wireless team in defining, assessing and developing innovative connectivity solutions and applications.


Project Team Structure and Roles:

Engineering and computer science majors (2 students per project)

  • Wireless technology assessment
  • Connectivity / security protocols
  • Service platform requirements
  • Application / device prototyping
  • System interoperability testing
  • Competitive technology analysis

Marketing majors (2 students per project)

  • Product definition / requirements
  • Market opportunity assessment
  • Service / product branding
  • Buy scenarios / requirements
  • Sales channel design / analysis
  • Competitive product analysis

Finance majors (1 student per project)

  • Pro-forma financial model
  • R&D investment analysis
  • Pricing and take rate analyses
  • SG&G functional build out

Special topic majors (1-2 students per project)

  • Law (consumer data privacy)
  • Digital media (design ergonomics)
  • Social work (community impact)
  • International studies (policies)
  • Mathematics (data analysis)
  • Education (end user training)

Team Project Commitment:

Each project team will be fully committed to collectively delivering a high quality, customized work product that will aid its industry client in evolving and capitalizing on the market disruption that the Internet of Things represents.

Class Details:

What: Industry Innovation (BUS 3700-2) (CRN 5369)
When: This is a course series. Winter 2019 and Spring 2019. More details to come.
Load:  Options include both for-credit and not-for-credit options. Contact the course leads for additional details.
Instructor:  Course leads – Jim Ducay and Marty Katz. Students will interact directly with company leaders.
Location:  TBD


Register directly via the registrar. Contact Marty Katz with questions.

Prototyping and Design

Ideate. Design. Iterate.

Check out the new Winter Quarter course offering from the Ritchie School of Computer Science and Engineering, “Prototyping and Design”.  This new hands-on class is limited to 15 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will learn prototyping techniques and implement the design process to design and build a series of prototypes using a variety of materials and processes. They will also learn about modern mass-manufacturing processes in the plastics industry to include:  injection molding, extrusion, calendaring, blow molding, composites, rotational molding, vacuum thermoforming, and RTV molding making/casting, and more. The course has no prerequisites and is open to all majors.

Class Details:

What: Prototyping and Design (ENGR 3991)
When:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 4– 5:50pm
Load:  4 credits
Instructor:  Michael Caston
Location:  ECS 410 (and Innovation Labs)


This course is not in the course catalog. Contact the instructor, Michael Caston, to enroll.

Financial Decision-Making & an Aging Population

How can spending habits impact the way we age?

Join the Daniels College of Business, Sturm College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Professional Psychology in this multidisciplinary course to discover how spending habits can impact the way we age.

Class Details:

What: Financial Decision-Making & an Aging Population
When:  Spring Quarter/Semester, Mondays, 6–8pm (Jan. 7–March 11)
Instructor:  Eric Chess
Location:  Sturm College of Law


If interested, contact Dr. Eric Chess as soon as possible to register for this Independent Study course.

Other Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course Offerings

Project X-ITE’s partner units offer a variety of courses focused on igniting innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes courses from the Daniels College of Business (DCB), the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS), the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS), and others.

Here is a list of 2018-2019 CAHSS courses, which are open to students from all disciplines. Options include courses from the following departments: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Emergent Digital Practices, English, Media, Film & Journalism Studies, Lamont School of Music, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religious Studies. Students should clarify with faculty to ensure your goals align with the course you are interested in.

Below is a sample of other programming.

Gateway to Business

Daniel’s College of Business

More than 800 undergraduates have enrolled in this course, which culminates in the Madden Challenge pitch competition. *For undergraduates

From Idea to First Dollar

Daniel’s College of Business

This experiential course required students to actually start a company and launch a product. In the Winter Quarter of 2018, 22 teams raised a gross revenue of $10,000 with an average profit margin of 52%. *For undergraduates

Entrepreneurship Minor

Daniel’s College of Business

Students may elect to earn a minor in Entrepreneurship by completing a series of one-credit, one-weekend “Grinds” on a wide selection of topics focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. *For undergraduates

Social & Environmental Impact Assessment

Graduate School of Social Work

This course prepares students to evaluate social ecological impact assessments through learning to identify and define problems, select theoretical frameworks appropriate to the problem, identify research questions, design studies for these questions, and more. The course focuses particularly on the affects of interventions on vulnerable populations.


Featured Past Courses

Rising Women

Winter Quarter 2018

The University of Denver offered the Rising Women Course in the Winter Quarter of 2018 for students who identify as women that provided insight into what it’s really like to join the workforce. Classes covered everything from resume building, interview coaching, and exploring gender barriers and gendered workplaces to landing your dream internship and building leadership skills. Plus, students got personal mentorship from notable women business leaders. The two-credit hour course was titled “Women, Careers, and Leadership I: Job & Internship Search Preparation” (LDRS 2901). Project X-ITE supported participants with finding suitable summer internships.

Human-Centered Design

Spring Quarter 2017

This cross-disciplinary, graduate-level seminar course introduced students to the human-centered design process through hands-on design of solutions to a pressing community challenge – youth homelessness. Co-taught by faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, this course offered students exposure to empathizing, iterating, prototyping and pitching solutions that could help make life more hopeful and meaningful for young people experiencing homelessness. Students gained valuable skills for collaborating across disciplines to learn about the problem of youth homelessness through interviews and discussions with youth experiencing homelessness, interactions with experts and service providers, and in-person observation. They utilized this knowledge to take a new look at a complex issues and generated breakthrough ideas in partnership with young people and the organizations who serve them. The iterative process of eliciting feedback, refining ideas, and prototyping solutions culminated in pitches to a panel of experts. Teams of students documented their design process and final solutions in detail so that future teams can bring them to fruition.

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