National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Summer Internship Opportunity + First Hackathon of 2022

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) has a couple opportunities open for interested students:

  1. X-Force Fellowship 2022 is accepting applications until Friday, January 21st. What if you could be paid to solve the toughest national security problems, while developing your entrepreneurial and technical skills and gaining real world experience? The X-Force Fellowship is a paid summer internship program with the Department of Defense where you get to work directly with military units and other defense organizations to solve real national security challenges. Last year’s fellows got to work on projects ranging from training a navigation system for an unmanned undersea vehicle for the Navy, developing a low-cost flight training simulator for the Marine Corps, to developing policy recommendations for the Department of Defense to help Oceanian governments counter Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing. X-Force is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and backgrounds who are US Citizens. Apply today at


  1. NSIN’s first hackathon of 2022, Off the Beaten Path, will launch on January 24th. Register now to help us create better solutions for autonomous navigation. The challenge we’re tackling for this hackathon is to come up with concepts for new sensors, sensing techniques, perception, and intelligence algorithms to generate actionable information for an autonomous vehicle to successfully move through a rugged off-road environment. The three focus areas are: 1. Obstacle Detection and Assessment; 2. Passive Odometry; and 3. Trusted Autonomy. The hackathon will run virtually from January 24th to February 10th. More details about the challenge and the focus areas can be found at the link above and in the attached flyer. There is up to $45,000 available in total awards for the teams that create the best solutions. The hackathon will have participants from all over the country and is open to all UW students, faculty, and alumni, as well as entrepreneurs and startups. To learn more and register go to:

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