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Hacking for Diplomacy 2019

Innovating Solutions for Tomorrow

Welcome to Hacking for Diplomacy 2019


At a time of significant global uncertainty, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and companies are grappling with problems that defy territorial boundaries and resist quick and effective resolution. “Hacking for Diplomacy” is a multidisciplinary course at James Madison University that prepares students to respond to such challenges. It does so by applying innovative design methods to real and pressing problems faced by organizations in the public and private sectors.

Our collaborating partners for this course are the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), The U.S. National Guard, The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and the Department of State. The course is sponsored by 4-VA and takes place in JMU’s X-Labs.


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Real Impact


Real Problems


Real Skills