In 2011, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples authorized a four month study conducted by two retired Generals titled "Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment". That report established Mexico as a narco-state and the drug cartels as narco-terrorist organizations.
Subsequently, Staples wrote the book "Broken Borders, Broken Promises" and launched a website called protectyourtexasborder.com where citizens could post their own first-hand accounts of violence and problems created by the cartels. Because there was no clear call to action and state legislators were unwilling to address the threat of political blowback, nothing was accomplished.
In the intervening 11 years since the first report was published, the cartels have continued to strengthen their operations in Texas and have extended them into other states. They remain a trans-national criminal organization and Mexico is a failed narco-state. In the Spring of 2022, a group of private citizens commissioned another strategic military threat assessment, which will be presented to the public on September 16th. However this time, subject matter experts will propose solutions and a follow-up action plan and the public will be called upon to offer solutions of their own by participating in a three week long online hackathon.
Border911 Houston Event Details:
The Summit: September 16th, 2022
VFW Post 8790
1560 VFW Way
Houston, TX 77055
7:30 AM- 5:00 PM
A one-day intensive event in which participants will receive an extensive and first-of-its-kind military threat assessment on U.S. border security composed of experts in a range of fields. Subject matter experts will be giving lectures, presentations and guiding targeted workshops.
The cost is $50.00 and breakfast and lunch are included in the admission price.
Three Week Hackathon Competition: September 17th, 2022- October 7th, 2022
The Hackathon will begin at midnight, September 17 which is, coincidentally, Constitution Day. During the Hackathon, participants will work in teams to create workable solutions in the areas of Border Technology; Legislative Priorities; Local Strategies and Human/Child Trafficking among others. The Hackathon model was designed to rapidly address emerging threats and security challenges on the southern border with the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of a successful startup. Its goal is to bring citizens together and provide a hands-on opportunity to solve real and complex national security problems. They will then have the data and metrics needed to hold their State government accountable.
At the end of the three weeks, participants will have used innovative research methods to identify specific problem sets and proposed realistic, achievable solutions.
All team members must watch the Border Security lectures to compete in the hackathon and attend or watch the team’s selected problem workshop.
The summit will be live-streamed, and Hackathon participation will be accessible through an encrypted website and other forms of communication.
Winners will be selected among participants who submitted the best border security plans. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
To register for the in-person event and/or online Hackathon, click HERE: http://www.border911.com
Participation in the Hackathon is not required. Please feel free to register for and attend the in person event, September 16th. Seating is limited, so please register NOW to be assured of a se