Hacking for Defense® (H4D®) is a university course sponsored by the Department of Defense that enables students to rapidly address real-world emerging threats and security challenges facing the United States. It is a program of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), powered by BMNT, Inc. and the Common Mission Project.

For a full list of participating universities, visit the Hacking for Defense website.



Hacking for Diplomacy (H4Diplomacy) challenges students to tackle problems that defy territorial boundaries and resist easy resolution. In this class, student teams address current US foreign policy challenges, engaging closely with officials in the US Department of State and other civilian agencies. This course has been taught at both Georgetown School of Foreign Service as well as Stanford University.

Read more: Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service launches Hacking for Diplomacy course



Hacking for Homeland Security (H4HS) allows students to address some of the toughest problems that face the Department of Homeland Security using Lean LaunchPad methodology, including from the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).