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Date: February 23-25, 2024

Time: Begins at 7:00 pm EST on Friday, February 23, and concludes at 3:00 pm EST on Sunday, February 25.

Location: This is a virtual event. 

Registration: Click here to register.


Compete against teams from other Universities in the 3-day DASSH (Designing Actionable Solutions for a Secure Homeland) student design challenge. 


This event is co-sponsored by two Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) and the Soft Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality (SENTRY) Center. As the lead university for SENTRY, Northeastern University invites its current graduate and undergraduate students to participate in this unique opportunity!


Teams will be presented with real-world problem scenarios related to homeland security and this year’s theme, “Cascading Events”. The scenarios will focus on the detection and mitigation of threats such as cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and human-engineered sabotage.


Subject matter experts will mentor student teams as they design, build, and implement innovative solutions. Although other hackathons focus on coding, this challenge emphasizes finding real solutions regardless of the medium those solutions happen to be in.


To conclude the event, proposed solutions will be presented to Department of Homeland Security leadership and cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams.


Please contact Kristin Hicks with questions.

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