Customs calls on Silicon Valley for tech expertise
- By Derek Major
- Apr 11, 2016
Customs and Border Protection wants to tap Silicon Valley’s technology know-how and entrepreneurial spirit to better protect CBP agents, the traveling public, the nation’s borders and the global supply chain.
The agency is inviting technology startups, investors and agency leaders to a Homeland Security Day on April 29 in Menlo Park, Calif., to discuss ways technology can improve CBP’s efficiency. The event will provide technology startups and investors with an opportunity to learn more about CBP’s mission, what technologies are being used and where CBP is looking for creative ideas and solutions to enhance mission capability.
The Department of Homeland Security recently opened its Silicon Valley office, which it hopes can quickly translates program requirements from DHS' disparate components, giving field agents a pipeline to cutting-edge tech.
The event is open to all innovators and registration is free.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.