Student Poster Showcase
The DHS COE Summit is pleased to recognize innovative and inspiring research being conducted by undergraduate and graduate-level students across the COE university enterprise. The Centers’ students represent the next generation of homeland security leaders and problem solvers and we are proud to showcase their work in the form of student research posters at the 2019 DHS COE Summit.
This year, in addition to the research poster showcase and various networking events, COE-sponsored students will take place in a Grand Challenge. Students will be grouped into collaborative teams to present potential gaps and solutions based on the Summit’s two Track Themes. Details will be posted here and students should contact their respective COE’s to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Grand Challenge Event - DHS in a Digital Age
The Summit Grand Challenge is a COE sponsored event designed to draw upon the collective innovative spirit, skills and student talent from across the COE network to propose and inspire the development of new tools, technologies and approaches to help solve homeland security issues in an era of digital technology, electronic communications and a proliferation of open-source data.
Similar to a hackathon but without an emphasis on coding, the Summit Grand Challenge will engage COE nominated undergraduate and graduate-level students in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team-based challenge to apply their knowledge and skills as aspiring scientists, engineers, data analysts, technologists, and policy makers to pressing DHS component agency concerns.
Students will be asked to consider the cutting-edge developments in their fields of study and to formulate ideas and approaches where these innovations can be applied to solve the complex problems DHS faces today. Ranging from opioid addiction, counter-terrorism, human trafficking, drug smuggling, border security, cyber security of critical infrastructure, and natural disasters, these problems represent major threats to the safety and security of the Nation. How can emerging and cutting edge science, technology, data analytics and policy be leveraged to overcome these challenges?
Prior to the start of the on-site Summit challenge event, students will be invited to participate in a series of informational webinars intended to highlight DHS component agency missions, roles and responsibilities and operational challenges. The purpose of the webinars will be to provide the diverse collection of COE students with the necessary background, context and frame of reference needed to begin to formulate ideas and approaches to DHS concerns.
The sequence of student Grand Challenge activities will include the following:
- COEs nominate two to four students each to participate in the Grand Challenge
- The Summit Education Committee organizes the collection of students into diverse, cross-COE teams of three to five students.
- Students participate in a sequence of DHS component agency informational webinars.
- Student teams begin to communicate, exchange information and brainstorm via a collaborative web-based chat room, e.g. Slack or Group Me
- Students meet face to face for the first time at George Mason University on July 30, to begin formulating their solution to a DHS component agency issue.
- On July 31, the teams will face-off in an elevator pitch competition to present their ideas, tech development and/or approaches to a DHS problem./li>
- A team of DHS S&T and component agency judges will select the top two teams to move on to a final project pitch competition to be held on Aug. 1
On August 1, the two grand challenge team finalists will present their project ideas to the Summit attendees. Summit attendees will use QR readers on their smartphones to vote for the team they feel has presented the most compelling and innovative approach to solving a DHS problem.