What is Hacking 4 Diplomacy?

At a time of significant global uncertainty, diplomats are grappling with transnational and cross-cutting challenges that defy easy solution including: the continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction by states and non-state groups, the outbreak of internal conflict across the Middle East and in parts of Africa, the most significant flow of refugees since World War II, and a changing climate that is beginning to have impacts on both developed and developing countries.

While the traditional tools of statecraft remain relevant, policymakers are looking to harness the power of new technologies to rethink how the U.S. government approaches and responds to these and other long-standing challenges. In this class, student teams will take actual foreign policy challenges and learn how to apply “lean startup” principles, (“mission model canvas,” “customer development,” and “agile engineering”) to discover and validate agency and user needs and to continually build iterative prototypes to test whether they understood the problem and solution.

Teams take a hands-on approach requiring close engagement with officials in the U.S. State Department and other civilian agencies. Team applications required at the end of shopping period. Limited enrollment 

Read more about the class in a recent article in the Stanford Daily. 

Course Details

When: Fall Semester 2017 on Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: JMU X-Labs (Lakeview 1150)

Course Numbers

ENGR 498-0003
SCOM 313-0001
POSC 361-0001
WRTC 328-0002

Faculty & Staff

Sean McCarthy

Sean McCarthy

Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication- College of Arts and Letters

 

Bernd Kaussler

Bernd Kaussler

Political Science- College of Arts and Letters

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Audrey Barnes

Audrey Barnes

Industrial Design- College of Visual and Performing Arts

Kurt Paterson

Kurt Paterson

Engineering- College of Integrated Science and Engineering

Jennifer PeeksMease

Jennifer PeeksMease

Communication Studies- College of Arts and Letters

Nick Swayne

Nick Swayne

Faculty Coordinator

James Barnes

James Barnes

X-Lab Staff

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