Accelerating Innovation for Homeland Security

Who We Are

Shaping the Future of Homeland Security with Cutting-Edge Innovation

HSWERX, a DEFENSEWERX Hub, is a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which enables the rapid discovery, engagement, and acceleration of innovative solutions to secure the homeland. HSWERX serves as a catalyst to connect DHS stakeholders with subject matter experts from industry, academia, and national labs to solve challenging problems for DHS end users. Join us in this crucial mission to enhance our nation's security.

What We Do



We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, neutral facilitator that seeks to lower the barrier of entry to working with DHS. We discover innovative, non-traditional solutions through our accessible and productive platform.



We bridge the gap between DHS and innovation partners by assessing DHS’s needs and linking the right expertise to create successful outcomes. We believe in enabling the BEST solution, not just the KNOWN solution.



HSWERX de-risks FAR-based activities and can act quickly and proactively. We focus on delivering timely solutions to our DHS end users.

our history
DEFENSEWERX (DWX) was established in 2012 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to enable agile innovation for government partners across the country through various innovation hubs. HSWERX was established in 2021, through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) between DWX and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. HSWERX works alongside DHS S&T to enhance innovation and technology for national security.

Broad Spectrum Support

Our endeavor encompasses a wide spectrum of government agencies, offering tailored solutions to diverse challenges within the realm of homeland security. From fortifying the Coast Guard's maritime endeavors, amplifying cybersecurity resilience through CISA, bolstering border patrol operations, to synergizing with FEMA during critical incidents, and advancing technological frontiers with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, our impact is both broad and profound.

Open Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

Our commitment to open collaboration and knowledge sharing has fostered a culture of collective problem-solving. This approach has facilitated the flow of ideas, leading to practical solutions for critical homeland security issues.


A Partnership for Innovation

HSWERX is part of DEFENSEWERX’s network of innovation hubs, working in tandem to advance homeland security solutions. This partnership amplifies our collective mission to address the Department of Homeland Security’s critical challenges with pioneering technologies.

Join the Ecosystem

We invite you to be part of our extended ecosystem, where your expertise and insights can contribute to creating a safer homeland. Join us in our mission to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration, making a tangible difference in homeland security and ensuring a safer tomorrow for all.

Determined to bridge this gap, HSWERX was formed as a non-profit 501c3 entity. Our purpose was clear, to be the catalyst that accelerates innovative solutions' discovery, engagement, and implementation. We wanted to bring together the government and various solution providers, from established industries to small mom-and-pop shops, ensuring that the best ideas reached the top.

We opened previously closed doors by hosting collaborative events and facilitating direct dialogues. We transformed how the government interacted with potential solution providers, creating an ecosystem where ideas could be shared, refined, and implemented without the usual delays.

Moreover, our unique non-FAR-based approach allowed us to cut through the government red tape. This meant that innovative solutions could be swiftly transitioned from conception to realization, ensuring that our homeland was always equipped with the latest and best tools for its defense.

Today, HSWERX is a testament to what can be achieved when passion, vision, and purpose converge. Our journey reminds us that innovation can and will thrive in adversity, ensuring a safer and brighter future for all.

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