Do You Own a Startup? The DoD Wants To Know About It!
Gareth Andrews / 8 years ago
This is the age of small ideas and big impacts, where any single teen in a room can create multi-million dollar companies and within years be changing everything from the way we talk to one another to the very internet itself. With so many people looking to get into the technology industry with so many great startup ideas, the Department of Defense is keen to help foster ideas found in the next generation.
The original idea was formed as part of the Defence Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) office, an “incubator” designed to help accelerate and grow startup ideas within the iconic setting of Silicon Valley while simultaneously boosting the militaries links with the technology industry, something that looks to only grow with new offices and ideas.
With the way companies are formed, create products and publish their results changing with systems like crowdfunding and startup companies, large groups such as the military or the government have suffered as they relied on the model of find and grow projects that are often already well in swing by the time that the majority of the world even know of their existence.
One of the first ideas out of the program was a bug bounty program, similar to those run by GitHub, a popular repository tool for developers, and other major platforms. The result of the bug bounty program was over 80 bugs found, with over a thousand hackers looking for even more ways to expose and eventually protect the DOD’s systems.