CyberWorx

CyberWorx educates Air Force cadets while simultaneously partnering with industry to solve cyber problems facing our Nation. The CyberWorx Team recognizes the significant advances enabled through industry partnerships, and has structured a mission around these synergistic relationships.

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Upcoming Design Project: #AFMDC2

Project: Design and establish a proof of concept for a next-generation user experience for multi-domain command and control of integrated Air, Space, and Cyber Operations.

When: Project Development – Fall Semester (August-December, 2017) and Capstone Advisor – Spring Semester (January-May, 2018)

Where: USAFA in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Why Get Involved?

Simplify, accelerate, and increase the agility of Air Force C2 by integrating Air, Space, and Cyber operations to a single virtual and/or physical construct

Fully leverage the technical capabilities of current and emerging technologies 

Improve decision making through a more dynamic, robust, and survivable C2 construct

What Kind of Expertise is CyberWorx Looking For? 

Ideal candidates will be selected from the following areas: Autonomous Ground, Animation, Gaming, Mobile Application, Healthcare, Global Logistics, Energy, Data Analytics… to name just a few!

Benefits of Participating? 

The intent of this project is to make operational units more effective by improving the quality of decisions of our Commanders through automated decision support, computer teaming, mobility, technological simplicity, and intuitive processes in the C2 arena. This quality of life improvement will manifest as an agile, robust and survivable C2 construct that will allow the AF to execute integrated Air, Space, and Cyberspace power projection mission with a smaller, faster, more capable, survivable cadre of operators.

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Upcoming Design Project: #AFSmartBases-2

Project: How might we better leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies to improve cadet and/or staff efficacy in the potential areas of 1) health and wellness; 2) athletics; 3) academics; 4) security & accountability; 5) military training & readiness; and 6) scheduling/time management?

When: Fall Semester – August-December, 2017

Where: USAFA in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Why Get Involved?

Leverage Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies

Optimize operational effectiveness, quality of life, and attractiveness of the Air Force to digital-native recruits

Improve cadet productivity and reduce management costs

What Kind of Expertise is CyberWorx Looking For? 

Ideal candidates will be selected from the following areas: Data and Behavior Analysis, Healthcare, Internet of Things (IoT)

Benefits of Participating? 

The intent of this project is to improve the Academy mission effectiveness and quality of life by leveraging smart technologies. This offers the opportunity to further conceptualize, experiment with, and evaluate the feasibility and viability of IoT technologies for potential Air Force “Smart Base” applications. This also postures external partners to better develop Air Force-relevant solutions to these ends.

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FAQs About CyberWorx

What is CyberWorx?

CyberWorx is a program founded by the US Air Force Academy to accelerate the Air Force’s operational advantage in cyberspace through unique warfighter and industry collaborations and design projects. CyberWorx aims to utilize design thinking as a means to bring industry partners, cadets, USAFA, and academia into a collaborative partnership where real Air Force cyber-related problems can be explored and viable, research-based, innovative solutions with commercial potential can result.

What is the difference between a sprint and a project?

The sprint is an intensive, 3 to 5-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.

A design thinking project is longer-term, lesson-based way to explore design thinking utilizing a project management framework.

Why does the Air Force need commercial expertise?

The Air Force is going through a cultural and technical renaissance and needs assistance in varying domains. Having commercial partners with expertise in expansive and diverse fields allows the Air Force to identify problems and leverage ideas in ways that are both cost effective and feasible. These commercial partners allow the Air Force to quickly determine areas of concern and to implement solutions with state of the art technologies.

Why the Air Force is Using Design Thinking at CyberWorx?

How do we look at the world: solution oriented or problem oriented? A design thinking mindset focuses on the solution and allows for an action driven mentality. Design Thinking draws upon a variety of intellectual capacities in order to fully explore what is possible. Nigel Cross, in his book Designerly Ways of Knowing, beautifully articulated the purpose for using the Design Thinking process, “Everything we have around us has been designed. Design ability is, in fact, one of the three fundamental dimensions of human intelligence. Design, science, and art form an ‘AND’ not an ‘OR’ relationship to create the incredible human cognitive ability.”

What’s in it for me?

By nature of a design thinking environment and collaborative approach to problem solving, industry partners will benefit from the opportunity to develop solutions with the potential for transfer to both the commercial and government environments, building relationships with the Air Force and other industry partners, and the opportunity to diversify and apply knowledge of cyber and cyberspace.

Testimonials

“The CyberWorx Program is what both industry partners and the military have been waiting for!”

“CyberWorx is changing me and how I think. I’m thinking about my company problems differently. I have learned so much from the added value towards personal and professional development.”

“With CyberWorx the paradigm of thinking is changing. Innovation. Collaboration. These two words best describe why its value is important. “

“Getting to work alongside future Air Force leaders is very exciting. I love the energy that the Cadets bring to class.”

“I love the classroom environment. I get to be interactive and put my ideas up on the board. I enjoy the way the CyberWorx team facilitates the class.”

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