https://www.hackthemachine.ai/ MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Cyber-attacks like the Petya ransomware attack that crippled critical infrastructure worldwide or WannaCry have proven to be an inevitable threat to the world’s citizens, businesses and government. In fact, recent research predicts cybercrime will cost the world over $6 trillion annually by 2021.
In a digital age, war is fought by people, enabled by technology. As a result, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Postgraduate School for Cyber Warfare is teaming up with Booz Allen Hamilton to create a global community of maritime cyber experts that can help fend off and protect our nation from the threats of today and tomorrow. HACKtheMACHINE, the third Navy Digital Experience event hosted by Booz Allen, will take place September 22-24. This event will bring together and challenge elite tech talent – professionals and hobbyists alike – to build solutions to solve some of the U.S. Navy’s biggest challenges today and tomorrow.
For a mere 72 hours, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Postgraduate School for Cyber Warfare and Booz Allen will bring together the best and most creative of Boston’s elite tech talent who will compete to build innovative solutions across three tracks:
• Maritime Capture the Flag: Hack a maritime research testbed – a boat in a box built by Booz Allen –that is a working model of the networked systems on a typical ship, to reroute ships, bypass networks and spoof signals to gain critical information to guide modern vessels safely through rough waters.
• Data Science and the Seven Seas: Develop algorithms to unlock the power of data to predict, diagnose and identify the implications of a cyber-attack.
• VR / AR Disaster Relief Challenge: Design an immersive command and control interface for a robotic submarine that will be used in the wake of a global disaster that has put millions of survivors’ lives in jeopardy.
HACKtheMachine is the first Department of Defense open Digital Experience to engage the hacker, academic, data science and startup economy with unclassified mission themes of global maritime relevance. HACKtheMACHINE Boston allows participants to develop algorithms, programs and applications that can be applied to future real-life mission challenges. The tools and findings from the three Navy Digital Experience events have the potential to be valuable to the U.S. Navy as one of our nation’s largest protecting forces continues its fight against cyberwarfare. A previous Navy Digital Experience helped the Navy identify new data science techniques that allow it to optimize existing sensor systems and better understand vessel traffic patterns and anomalies.
NOTE: Event kick-off will take place at the USS Constitution Museum (Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129) on Friday, September 22 from 2:30pm – 7:30pm)