A NATO Solution

Students present to NATO in Croatia

On March 25, 2019, three undergraduate students presented their team’s deployment solution to NATO officials at a TIDE Sprint in Split, Croatia. Anne Uitvlucht, Elizabeth “Cole” Thomas and Danielle Kratowicz were part of a five-member team of undergraduates that developed a “Decision Forcing Exercise” (DFE) for NATO during the fall 2018 Hacking for Diplomacy class at JMU X-Labs.

Cole Thomas presenting to NATO officials

I started work this week at Politico and more times than I can count they’ve brought up the importance of innovation and I’ve been able to capitalize on Hacking for Diplomacy, again. What was the most stressful, difficult thing at the time has paid off tenfold!

Cole Thomas (’19), Political Science, 7/11/2019

According to their project website, “The main goal of First ACT’s DFE is to replicate scenarios in which many relevant facts cannot be ascertained with certainty in a timely manner, and force participants to rapidly but responsibly hasten the process by which they make decisions that ultimately get the logistical ball rolling.”

Dr. Bernd Kaussler, one of the Hacking for Diplomacy professors said, “I am proud of them as this is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their work and share how they suggest to apply their concept and ideas into improved decision-making.”

This is the first class where I felt like I was pushing myself to my limits and making an impact on an important organization.

 Danielle Kratowicz, Accounting

You don’t think as an undergrad you’ll be given such an opportunity [to work on a product for an international organization], but we were—thanks to Hacking for Diplomacy and JMU X-Labs.
Anna Uitvlucht (’19), International Affairs

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