Solve complex technology problems critical to our National Security with a team of engineers, scientists, MBAs, and policy experts.
In a crisis, national security initiatives move at the speed of a startup yet in peacetime they default to decades-long acquisition and procurement cycles. Startups operate with continual speed and urgency 24/7. Over the last few years they've learned how to be not only fast, but extremely efficient with resources and time using lean startup methodologies. In this class student teams develop technology solutions to help solve important national security problems. Student teams take actual national security problems and learn how to apply the Lean launchpad and Lean Startup principles, ("business model canvas," "customer development," and "agile engineering") to discover and validate customer needs and to continually build iterative prototypes to test whether they understood the problem and solution. Teams take a hands-on approach requiring close engagement with actual military, Department of Defense and other government agency end-users. Team applications required. Limited enrollment.
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1st Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 - 1:00pm Thornton 110 Feb 21, 2017
2nd Brown Bag Lunch
12:10 - 1:10pm GSB Room M109 Feb 23, 2017
Info Session 1
5:00 - 7:00pm March 1, 2017
Info Session 2
6:00 - 8:00pm March 6, 2017
Extra Team Formation Mixer
3:00 - 5:00pm March 9, 2017 Old Union 200
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Deadline for applications - 11:59 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017
Team Interviews - Tuesday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Course Title: MS&E 297 Hacking for Defense: Solving National Security Issues with the Lean Launchpad
Instructors: Steve Blank, Joe Felter, Pete Newell & Steve Weinstein
Course Advisor: Bill Perry
Class details: Spring 2017, April 4 - June 6
Tuesdays 4:30 PM - 7:20 PM
Application: Admission is by teams of 4 Stanford students from any school or department. Limited enrollment by application.