The U.S. Navy mission is to maintain, train and equip combat ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

These tasks must be performed by Sailors and machines while under all out cyber-attack by intelligent adversaries. We will be asked by our country to make good decisions on vast amounts of data that can only be fully analyzed by autonomous systems, and we need to learn how to adapt quickly to a changing way of fighting that will require us to prototype lots of approaches to teaming with others and with machines.  

Computers, data, and digital communications underpin the global economy and delivery of the world’s life-sustaining services like food, power and clean water.  To stay ahead of adversaries that may attempt to disrupt these bedrock elements of digital security through cyber-attack or other means, HACKtheMACHINE is looking to reach out to a new generation and engage in meaningful conversations about opportunities to innovate, create maritime security, and have a positive effect in a changing world. 

HACKtheMACHINE Boston allowed participants to get hands-on experience with digital challenges faced by the U.S. Navy and have fun with equipment and data that had never before been seen in a public event.  The ideas and innovation at the event informed our thinking about cybersecurity, machine learning and rapid prototyping.

Attendees included some of America’s most talented and innovative software engineers, data scientists and security researchers; this event was a chance for the very best minds in our country to get an opportunity to learn what the Navy is about, while teaming up to solve vexing digital security challenges of today and the future. HACKtheMACHINE is The Blue Angels for Geeks!