Military, Congressional and Industry representatives complete judges panel for hackathon event.

ANN ARBOR, MI (September 17, 2019) — The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a Department of Defense program office reporting to the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering through the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), in partnership with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and the University of Michigan, announced on Tuesday, September 17, the judges panel for the final round of its three-day hackathon challenge.

The hackathon challenge event, scheduled for September 20-22, 2019, on the North Campus at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI, will focus on developing an AI-enabling user interface to produce more accurate and complete maintenance logs. The final round of the hackathon challenge event is slated for 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

The event will bring together students, local practitioners, technologists, developers, academia, industry partners and the military as teams to conceptualize and demonstrate prototypes that incorporate the latest applications of these technologies.

The panel judges include:

  • Myron Hohil, Senior Associate for AI, Weapons and Software Engineering Center, Combat Capabilities Development Command – Armaments Center (CCDC/AC)
  • Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Shanahan, Director, JAIC
  • Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Vicki Selva, Deputy Director, Michigan Defense Center
  • Brig. Gen. Chad Raduege, Director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, and Chief Information Officer, Air Combat Command
  • Paula Sorrell, Director, University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute
  • Terry Wilson, Technical Director, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Lab

There are two focus areas imbedded in this hackathon challenge:

  • Data Collection – how do you recognize, classify, and quantify maintainer actions?
  • User Interface – what the most intuitive and user-friendly interfaces?

Solutions will be evaluated on the potential impact on challenge area, validation, level of demonstration, and the viability of bringing the solution to market. Winning teams will receive up to $15,000 to advance their concept in collaboration with NSIN, with three prizes awarded.

Additional details about “Into the Dataverse” are available at:

Registration is available on line at:

About NSIN

The NSIN mission is to “build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems.” NSIN is headquartered in Arlington, VA, and has regional offices in 10 commercial innovation hubs throughout the United States. Through its headquarters, regional hubs, and embedded university partnerships, NSIN builds a national network of innovators and delivers programming that solves real-world, DoD problems through collaborative partnerships with non-traditional problem-solvers with the academic and early-stage venture communities. Follow NSIN on Twitter @NSIN_us.

About JAIC

The mission of the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is to accelerate the adoption and integration of AI within the U.S. military to achieve mission impact - at scale. The JAIC serves as the focal point for the execution of the DoD’s AI Strategy that supports the U.S. National Defense Strategy (2018). The JAIC is guided by ethics and leadership as core foundations to its mission. The JAIC continues to attract the best and brightest people from across DoD, commercial industry, and academia to carry out its vision to transform the DoD through AI. Follow the JAIC on Twitter @DoDJAIC.