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SENTRY Presents: DASSH Student Design Challenge

February 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - February 26, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

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Northeastern University is the lead of the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Center of Excellence (COE), known as SENTRY (Soft Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality).  In collaboration with our sibling COE, known as CAOE (Center For Accelerating Operational Efficiency), SENTRY is inviting Northeastern graduate and undergraduate students to participate in our first co-led student design challenge! 

Compete against teams from other Universities in the 3-day DASSH (Designing Actionable Solutions for a Secure Homeland) student design challenge. Student teams, supported by academic and industry mentors, will be presented with several real-world problem statements impacting homeland security and given the opportunity to design, build, and implement innovative solutions.  

The problem scenarios will be related to public access areas, including managing crowds during an attack and enabling effective communications among responders in times of public crisis. Unlike traditional code-based hackathons, this event is about finding solutions regardless of the medium. The proposed solutions will be presented to DHS leadership.  

A hybrid event, on-campus workspace will be provided for Northeastern teams, while conversations with mentors and judges will occur virtually. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams.  

Registration is now open for current undergraduate and graduate Northeastern students. Register here. 

Questions? Reach out to Kristin Hicks, SENTRY Director of Operations at k.hicks@northeastern.edu.


Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Multidisciplinary Masters (IT areas), Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
Research, Diversity
Undergraduate, Graduate, MS, PhD