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[liberationtech] Stanford Liberationtech Class: Hacking for Diplomacy Course - Fall Quarter 2016

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Thu Aug 11 12:21:15 PDT 2016


Interested in entrepreneurship and rapid innovation? Want to use technology
to solve global challenges? Are you looking for the opportunity to work
closely with members of the U.S. State Department and other government
agencies? Well . . .

*Apply for*
*MS&E 298 / IPS 232*
*Hacking 4 Diplomacy: *
*T**ackling Foreign Policy Challenges *
*with the Lean Launchpad*


*MS&E 298 / IPS 232 - Hacking for Diplomacy
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/index.html?utm_source=email>* is a
new class at Stanford University being offered Fall 2016. With its focus on
iterative design and experiential learning, students apply startup business
practices to rapidly develop deployable solutions to the world's most
pressing diplomatic challenges. The all star teaching team sits at the
intersection of diplomacy and entrepreneurship, and includes serial
entrepreneur *Steve Blank
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/teaching-team.html?utm_source=emaill#Steve_Blank>*
, *Jeremy Weinstein
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/teaching-team.html?utm_source=emaill#Jeremy_Weinstein>*
(Political
Science Professor), *Joe Felter
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/teaching-team.html?utm_source=emaill#Joe_Felter>*
(CISAC
Senior Research Scholar), *Steve Weinstein
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/teaching-team.html?utm_source=emaill#Steve_Weinstein>
*(CEO
MovieLabs) and *Zvika Krieger
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/teaching-team.html?utm_source=emaill#Zvika_Krieger>
*(State
Department).

*NOTE: This isn't a programming class. It's not a cyber security class. It
is an innovation class. *Students work on pressing problems proposed by
State Department offices. These are real problems with both humanitarian and
national interests at stake. Select State Department Officials from each
office will guide and support students as they use the Lean Launchpad to
rapidly develop and test solutions. Problems submitted by the State
Department include:

   - Hacking Violent Extremism Online
   <http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Hacking_Extremism>
(Bureau
   of Counterterrorism)
   - Steer Clear: Avoiding Space Collisions by Tracking Objects in Orbit
   <http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Steer_Clear>
(Office
   of Space and Advanced Technology)
   - Tracking Killers: Anticipating Mosquito Vector Threats
   <http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Tracking_Killers>
(Office
   of International Health and Biodefense)
   - Crowdsourcing Radiation Detection with New or Improved Smartphone
   Materials
   <http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Radiation_Detect>(Bureau
   of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance)
   - Leveraging Blockchain for Anti-Corruption
   <http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Blockchain>
(Office
   of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources)
   - Platform for a Coordinated Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis
   <http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Coordinated_Response>
(Bureau
   of Population, Refugees, and Migration)

Students must form teams and apply for the course during the first week of
the quarter. To learn more about the course structure and the application
process, as well explore all of the challenges proposed by State Department
offices, visit our website: hacking4diplomacy.stanford.edu
<http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/index.html?utm_source=email> and
read Steve Blank’s blogpost
<https://steveblank.com/2016/08/04/hacking-for-diplomacy-solving-foreign-policy-challenges-with-the-lean-launchpad/>
about
the class.

To receive updates about upcoming info sessions, join our Facebook group
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172541849473375/> or sign up on our email
list
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRkcHKNjOd_TeS5AxUYt7An0XGD_Ij9rN1L7JV6fiCVD90cA/viewform>.


Have additional questions? Join us for our first informational webinar on
the class to be held on *Wednesday, August 16th 2016 at 5:30PM PST*. Sign
up to on our email list
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRkcHKNjOd_TeS5AxUYt7An0XGD_Ij9rN1L7JV6fiCVD90cA/viewform>
to
learn more!
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