The Defense DepartmentÂ has partnered with a network of U.S. research universities to establish an accelerator program that aims to promoteÂ civil-military technology collaboration to support national security efforts.
DoD said Friday theÂ MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator was launched atÂ a hackathon whereinÂ technologists worked with military and civilian first responders to addressÂ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief challenges in urban environments.
“Our mission is to develop the people and human-centered networks necessary to compete and win in the rapidly changing technology and national security environments,” said MD5 DirectorÂ Adam Jay Harrison.
The firstÂ MD5 hackathon challenged multipleÂ teams ofÂ researchers, entrepreneurs, first responders and military personnel to create prototype systemsÂ that incorporate augmented reality, sensor fusion, crowdsourcing, data analytics and robotics technologies to address disaster relief mission challenges.
DoD partnered withÂ theÂ New York University, Columbia University, West Virginia University, University of Southern Mississippi, GE, One Defense, Bunker Labs and the Partnership for New York City to facilitate the hackathon.
MD5 is part of the manufacturing and industrial base policy division within the office of the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
The accelerator aims toÂ assist theÂ development of national security personnel who test and update legacy processes; as well as support the creation ofÂ human-centered networks and formÂ ventures that can develop, commercialize or apply relevantÂ technology, DoD noted.
MD5 plansÂ to introduce its education, collaboration and accelerationÂ initiatives in the coming months.