Welcome to H4D ™

Solve complex technology problems critical to our National Security with a team of Computer Science and Communication, Business, Health and Criminal Justice Students with interest in Project Startup and Problem Solving.

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 an actual military, Department of Defense and other government agency end-users. Team applications required. Limited enrollment.

Join the H4D information mailing list and sign up to join a team by applying on our Applications page or emailing any of our TA’s for information. Applications are due by November 6th. If you have a team already formed simply email appropriate information to TA for team members. Registration will be Permission Only so please apply and await approval before attempting to register. You can also view us at our Facebook page, and join our Facebook Group.



Key Dates

1st Brown Bag Lunch – Sep 18th, 
TEC RM 331 5:00-6:30 PM
2nd Brown Bag Lunch – Oct 2nd,
TEC RM 331 5:00-6:30 PM
Pizza and Soda  – October 23rd,
Bobby Chain RM 331 5:00-6:30 PM
Pizza and Soda – Oct 30, Bobby Chain RM 331 5:00-6:30 PM
Gulf Coast:
Pizza and Soda – October 5, Fleming Education Center RM 102 5:00-6:30 PM
Pizza and Soda – November 9, Fleming Education Center RM 102 5:00-6:30 PM
Pizza and Soda – November 30, Fleming Education Center RM 102 5:00-6:30 PM


Course Title: IDS 460 & 560 Hacking for Defense: Solving National Security Issues with the Lean Launchpad

Instructors: Dan DeMott, Henry Jones

Course Advisor: TBD


  • Jeremy Nall(jeremy.nall@usm.edu)
  • TEC RM 212 Bobby-Chain  Office Hours M/8-11 T/TH 1300-1500
  • Lachelle Holmes(lachelle.holmes@usm.edu)
  • TEC RM 251 Bobby-Chain Office Hours W/F 8-12
  • Justin Sharpe(justin.sharpe@usm.edu)
  • TEC RM 323 Bobby-Chain Office Hours M/TU/TH 8-11AM,  W 8-11AM, 3:30-6:30PM,  F 8-11AM, 2-4PM
  • Justin Johnson(justin.michael.johnson@usm.edu)

Class details: Spring 2018, January 16th – May 8th
Tuesdays  – 3:50 – 6:25PM 
Application: Application will be through the Hacking4Defense.st.usm.edu website or through email to jeremy.nall@usm.edu.