Air Force Report: Hackathon


SSgt Holly Roberts-Davis:
INSIDE THE TEC EDGE INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION CENTER IN DAYTON, OHIO. SOMETHING UNIQUE IS
HAPPENING. Robert Lee:
“BASICALLY OPEN INNOVATION IS ABOUT TRYING TO FIND PEOPLE THAT CAN SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS
THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE ORGANIZATION. WE USE AWARD CHALLENGES AS ONE OF THE WAYS WE
DO IT, THIS HACKATHON IS ANOTHER WAY WE’RE USING. THESE ARE ALL WAYS THAT YOU CAN REACH
OUT TO THE WORLD AND GET VARIOUS TYPES OF JOBS DONE OTHER THAN THE NORMAL WAY OF HIRING
THE PERSON, BRINGING THEM ON STAFF, AND USING THEM FOR THAT. BECAUSE JOBS CHANGE, THE WORLD
IS CHANGING RAPIDLY, UM, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO REACH OUT TO IT. ” Scott Galster:
“THIS TURNS OUT TO BE A REALLY COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET A LOT OF DIFFERENT, SOLUTIONS,
POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS, ON THE TABLE VERY QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY. I CAN BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE
FOR A DAY, A DAY AND A HALF, AND I CAN HAVE UPWARDS OF 50, 60, 70, 80 DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS.” Roberts-Davis:
THE TEAMS HACKED THEIR WAY THROUGH THE NIGHT CREATING SOLUTIONS TO AIR FORCE PROBLEMS.
THAT COULD DIRECTLY IMPACT THE WARFIGHTER. Nat Sound Pop: “SO IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET YOU TO PRODUCE SOME ALPHA…..THERE YOU ARE!” Roberts-Davis:
WHEN THE WORK WAS OVER, EACH TEAM PRESENTED THEIR IDEAS TO A PANEL OF JUDGES WHO REVIEWED
THE PROJECTS BASED ON THEIR CREATIVITY, ORIGINALITY, COMPLEXITY, AND ABILITY TO
SOLVE AN AIR FORCE PROBLEM. Lee:
“WE’RE HERE TO BE THAT INTERFACE BETWEEN THE AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
AND BRING THEM TOGETHER IN NEW AND NOVEL WAYS.” Roberts-Davis:
REPORTING FROM DAYTON, OHIO, I’M STAFF SERGEANT HOLLY ROBERTS-DAVIS.

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