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November 16, 2021 - November 19, 2021

The United States Navy is bringing velocity to the development and fielding of unmanned systems at scale. Join us as the U.S. Navy stands up an Unmanned Task Force to solve key operational problems in new ways. HACKtheMACHINE Unmanned is the first in a series of public facing technology challenges that accelerates discovery and teambuilding between the Navy, Industry and Academia for the creation of high-end autonomous capabilities

Answer the Call!

We are looking for people from all walks of life to help the Navy solve its foremost digital challenges. The Office of Naval Research is leading the search for creative, bright, team-building collaborators and learners who know how to hustle and get things done. HACKtheMACHINE is your opportunity to solve problems, win prize money, earn contracts and be part of this dynamic group.


HACKtheMACHINE Unmanned offers three challenge tracks to appeal to a broad range of talents and skill sets.

Track 1: Maritime Cyber – Do your part to make the Navy’s next generation unmanned drone swarm autopilot systems ready for prime time by testing their security in this bug bounty contest!

Track 2: Data Science – Help bring useful, battle-tested machine learning and artificial intelligence tools to the Navy by developing methods to sort good data from dangerous data in degraded environments.

Track 3: Digital Engineering – Show the Navy how to create model-based definitions of requirements for wide-area search that can be tested against real system models in unmanned mission simulations!


November 16, 2021
November 19, 2021
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