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Immediate Release

Department of Defense to Host Hackathon for Off-Road Mobility

The Department of Defense will host a National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Hackathon for autonomous off-road mobility Feb. 10.

The event, co-hosted with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E) and the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory, will provide DoD leaders and entrepreneurs an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in autonomous vehicles.

Off-road mobility is a critical requirement for military operations such as maneuvering during disaster relief or in rugged environments like tall grass, brush, or debris. Vehicles conducting these missions require sensors and software to navigate unexpected obstacles and must also have the hardware necessary to interact with these potentially difficult elements.

The DoD organizations will present the Department’s strategy at the pitch competition, NSIN Hacks: Off the Beaten Path, at 10 a.m. EST.

Who is presenting?
Mr. Maynard Holliday, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization at OSD(R&E).
Dr. Jaret Riddick, Principal Director of Autonomy at OUSD(R&E).
Dr. Robert Sadowski, Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle Systems Center for the Army.
Mr. Jean-Charles Lede, Autonomy Technology Advisor at Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).
Dr. Ayodeji Coker, Autonomy Portfolio Manager at the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
Mr. Kedar Pavgi, Program Manager at NSIN.

What are they presenting?
Leaders from OUSD(R&E), ARL, and NSIN in the autonomy space will discuss the latest issues for the DoD, and present concepts for new sensors, sensing techniques, perception, and intelligence algorithms to generate actionable information for an autonomous vehicle to successfully move through a rugged off-road environment.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m. EST

Virtual event. Register here:

Media Access?
Some keynote speakers are available throughout the day for interviews with the media. Please reach out to if you’d like additional information.

About NSIN
The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.