Fall Fed Supernova Schedule Fall Fed Supernova Schedule

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

- CDT
SBIR Accelerator Showcase
Helena Krusec
Helena Krusec
Capital Factory, Senior Venture Partnerships Manager
Sean McIntosh
Sean McIntosh
Foothold Labs, CEO
James Hancock
James Hancock
Parasanti, CEO
Arun Nair
Arun Nair
Opslab.com, CEO and Founder

Curious what kind of companies use the SBIR Program to snag non-dilutive capital and work with the DoD? Find out during an hour of rapid, back-to-back pitches from companies that recently completed the Capital Factory SBIR Accelerator. 

You'll get a peek at some interesting technology, be introduced to impressive founders, and walk away with a better idea of the resources available to help you break into this huge market. This session will be moderated to keep us moving and maximize value for attendees.

CDT (Day 1 of 2)
Academic Alley

Interested in working with universities on new technology or novel technology applications?

At Fed Supernova, defense priorities and trending tech collide for good. But businesses certainly aren't the only source of the latest and greatest methods accelerating defense innovation.

Researchers from University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (TAMU), and Texas Christian University will present their work at Academic Alley. Check out these presentations in person only on the 8th floor in Captain America!

CDT (Day 1 of 2)
Innovation Expo

All day, both days of Fed Supernova in the ground floor Atrium -- This exclusive, trade-show style exhibit will feature dedicated tables from startups, technology corporations, universities, and others with something special to offer the ecosystem. Wanna get to know some key players in the Capital Factory ecosystem? Be sure to drop by!

- CDT
Why Fed Supernova? A Message from Texas University Leaders
Chancellor John Sharp
Chancellor John Sharp
The Texas A&M University System, Chancellor
Dr. Richard Benson
Dr. Richard Benson
The University of Texas at Dallas, President
Joshua Baer
Joshua Baer
Capital Factory, Founder & CEO of Capital Factory
Dr. Taylor Eighmy
Dr. Taylor Eighmy
University of Texas San Antonio, President

Don’t miss Capital Factory Founder & CEO Joshua Baer as he shares his reasons for creating this event, what it means for the innovation ecosystem in Texas and beyond, and what you can expect to experience during the next two days.

To help us kick off Fed Supernova, we’ve invited leaders from Texas’ premier universities to speak about their vision for Texas as the best state for defense innovation. As centers for national security research and development, Texas’ universities pave the way for innovators to drive critical defense solutions. How do academic institutions bridge the gap between industry and defense? More importantly -- which bridges can we begin to build now?

Joining Joshua Baer onstage are TAMU Chancellor, John Sharp, UT Dallas President, Dr. Richard Benson, and UTSA President, Dr. Taylor Eighmy, who will spotlight the power of Texas universities to align efforts and advance research toward the national interest.

- CDT
Defense Innovation Unit Welcome Message and Overview
Andrea Castillon
Andrea Castillon
DIU, Austin City Lead
Awais Sheikh
Awais Sheikh
Amazon Web Services, Strategic Planning Manager for DoD

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is the only Department of Defense organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military. We're a fast-moving team that contracts with commercial companies to help solve critical national security problems — together. 

Join us for an exciting and eye-opening day as we introduce you to DIU's mission and vision for pushing the edge of defense possibilities.

- CDT
Fireside Chat on Innovation and Acquisitions: What Partnering Means for the Air Force
Maj Gen Cameron Holt
Maj Gen Cameron Holt
USAF, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting
Joe Lonsdale
Joe Lonsdale
8VC, General Partner
Michael Piller
Michael Piller
USAF, Contracting Officer

The novel ideas that drove the high-tech revolution — and that helped the United States build strength as a nation — were grounded in a close, mutually-beneficial relationship between the military and the commercial world. Today, those same partnerships are critical to protecting the intellectual property of American businesses and helping the country protect itself from foreign threats.

As the U.S. Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt is helping the service reinvigorate those partnerships at the strategic level by pushing the envelope of government acquisitions and building a culture of critical thinking among the Air Force contracting community. Find out what he’s doing and why he is optimistic about the path ahead.

- CDT
Get to Know the Air Force Research Laboratory
Maj Gen Heather Pringle
Maj Gen Heather Pringle
AFRL, Commander

With a $3B science and technology program — and an additional $3B in externally funded research and development — the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a pretty big deal. This scientific research organization is dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of new technologies across the entire United States Air Force as well as for U.S. space and cyberspace forces.

Since 1997, AFRL has been partnering with NASA, DARPA, universities, commercial organizations, and others to perform experiments that push the boundaries of what’s possible. Hear from AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle as she shares what AFRL is up to these days and how you can be part of their mission.

- CDT
AFWERX and SpaceWERX Overview
Lt Col Rock McMillan
Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director
Philip Hahn
Philip Hahn
AFWERX, AFWERX Deputy

Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force, AFWERX connects innovators across government, industry, and academia to accelerate commercial technologies that can solve military problems. By harnessing the ingenuity of internal talent and creating novel programs to help small businesses, AFWERX is spearheading a new normal for military-civilian partnerships.

Join Col. Nathan Diller and Lt. Col. Rock McMillan to learn more about AFWERX and SpaceWERX, its Space Force affiliated arm, as well what these new approaches mean for the nation’s economy, for its defense, and for you.

- CDT
Empowering Innovation at the Operational Edge
Maj Steven Lauver
Maj Steven Lauver
AFWERX, Spark Division Chief

End-user feedback is an essential part of product and software development for most companies. After all, no one knows how a tool actually performs (or should perform) better than the people who use it every day. That’s why DODx organizations are finding creative ways to bring service members directly into the military R&D process — partnering men and women in uniform with commercial innovators to solve tactical-level problems as a team.

Learn how AFWERX is driving these collaborations through its grassroots innovation program, Spark, by connecting Air Force and Space Force intrapreneurs with top problem-solvers from industry, academia, and government. With a decentralized global network, Spark is growing the Air Force’s culture of innovation while turning locally generated ideas and projects into real-world applications.

- CDT
Incentivizing Private Capital Investment in National Security Interests
Maj Jason Rathje
Maj Jason Rathje
AFVentures, Director

Private capital firms have been leery of investing in companies that focus on federal government work, due in part to conventional funding timelines and concerns about translating military technology to the commercial market. But that trend is shifting. In the past 5 years, companies tagged “gov tech” on Crunchbase raised nearly $2B in investment, indicating major growth — and major opportunities — in the government market.

Join AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, to learn how they are helping drive this shift by transforming the Air Force and Space Force into a premier early-stage “investor." By speeding timelines and offering non-dilutive funding to match private capital, AFWERX is attracting more companies as partners and accelerating commercialization of technologies that support national security.

- CDT
SBIR/STTR Success Stories
Helena Krusec
Helena Krusec
Capital Factory, Senior Venture Partnerships Manager
David Zakariaie
David Zakariaie
Senseye, CEO and Founder
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
Jeff Brooks
Jeff Brooks
Robotic Services Inc, Chief Operating Officer

Startups and entrepreneurs play an ever-increasing role in innovation and job creation — and in keeping the U.S. competitive amid globalization. That’s why the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was created in 1982 and why the government awards billions in non-dilutive funding through SBIR each year.

The funding is out there, but only if you know how to access it. In 2020, Capital Factory introduced a no-cost SBIR Accelerator to help companies crack the code and maximize their success when applying for SBIR topics. Come meet a few of the companies that found success in this program last year to learn more about their projects and their experiences with Capital Factory's SBIR Accelerator.

- CDT
Return on Investments & Upcoming Opportunities
Maj Jason Rathje
Maj Jason Rathje
AFVentures, Director

This is a MUST ATTEND. Get an update and briefing on the returns on investment on current STRATFIs of the Air Forces big collaborative opportunities. Learn more about the upcoming opportunities and how you can take advantage of these as well! You won't want to miss out on this one!

- CDT
Emerging Commercial Markets
Darshan Divakaran
Darshan Divakaran
AFWERX, Senior Operations Research Analyst
Tom Meagher
Tom Meagher
AFWERX, Prime Division Chief
Lt Col Rock McMillan
Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director
Dyan Gibbens
Dyan Gibbens
AFWERX, Strategic Advisor

Agility Prime, the Air Force Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) program, is a giant leap forward in military thinking on new competitive markets. Through unprecedented commercial partnerships, we are leveling the playing field to support this emerging market in the U.S. But it will not be the last program of its type. Space debris remediation, quieter supersonic travel, and other frontier industries are just a few that are poised to be next. 

Come hear more about the AFWERX Prime Division's mission and vision for identifying and accelerating dual-use technologies for commercial success and defense utility. We’ll share successes of the past year, detail the road to fielding an eVTOL capability by 2023, and explain how AFWERX is "franchising" the Agility Prime framework to accelerate and transition dual-use technology related to the space domain.  

- CDT
Turning Soldiers into Software Developers
Vito Errico
Vito Errico
Army Software Factory, Co-director
BG Thomas Drew
BG Thomas Drew
U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Commanding General
Tirzah VanDamme
Tirzah VanDamme
Army Software Factory, Chief Recruiter
Katharine Kelley
Katharine Kelley
AFC, Chief Human Capital Officer

As the saying goes, “Software is eating the world.” It’s still largely true in the commercial market — and it’s true in national security as well. Highly complex software is now essential to many of the military’s systems and platforms. Coding has made its way to the front line.

The Army’s future operating environment will require that Soldiers can scope and implement software-based solutions on their own, without connectivity, and without outside support. This skill will help them act faster when things are going as planned — and respond faster when the unexpected happens. Join this inspiring session to learn how the Army is empowering Soldiers by building an organic software development capability within the force.

- CDT
Innovare Advancement Center: Collaboration and Innovation in Action
Karen Roth
Karen Roth
AFRL, Chief Engineer
Dan Madden
Dan Madden
Squadra Ventures, Principal, National Security
Steve Colenzo
Steve Colenzo
Air Force Research Lab/Information Directorate, Technology Transfer Lead
Heather Hage
Heather Hage
Griffiss Institute, President & CEO

By natural extension of its collaborative culture and inspired by the call to action underlying the 2030 S&T Strategy, the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) has intensified its pursuit of new academic and industry partners with complementary capabilities to enable rapid performance cycles to meet the urgent demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), cyber, quantum, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions that enhance the United States’ national security and economic competitiveness. With support from all levels of local, regional, state, and federal government, AFRL/RI has, in parallel to advancing new partnerships, led the development of a state-of-the-art open innovation environment just “over the fence” to expand the Lab’s reach into academic, industry, and startup partners who have vastly extended the Lab’s own capabilities, leveraging diverse computing systems, chip fabrication facilities, novel university technologies, and other federal programs and venture capital investments.

This panel will explore the new Innovare Advancement Center in Rome, NY, it’s aggressive five year strategy to establish 100 new technical partners, 100 new entrepreneurial ventures, and elevate the community’s intellectual leadership in its core technical areas. The panelists represent various members of the Innovare community, to include AFRL and the Griffiss Institute and will discuss opportunities to engage in these critical National Defense areas.

- CDT
AFWERX Closing Remarks
Lt Col Rock McMillan
Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director

Catch your breath from taking notes on all the opportunities for the future with Lt Col McMillan as he provides final comments after an exciting day of panels, networking, and discussions.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

CDT (Day 2 of 2)
Academic Alley

Interested in working with universities on new technology or novel technology applications?

At Fed Supernova, defense priorities and trending tech collide for good. But businesses certainly aren't the only source of the latest and greatest methods accelerating defense innovation.

Researchers from University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (TAMU), and Texas Christian University will present their work at Academic Alley. Check out these presentations in person only on the 8th floor in Captain America!

CDT (Day 2 of 2)
Innovation Expo

All day, both days of Fed Supernova in the ground floor Atrium -- This exclusive, trade-show style exhibit will feature dedicated tables from startups, technology corporations, universities, and others with something special to offer the ecosystem. Wanna get to know some key players in the Capital Factory ecosystem? Be sure to drop by!

- CDT
Army Futures Command Welcome and Overview
LTG Thomas Todd
LTG Thomas Todd
U.S. Army Futures Command, Deputy Commanding General

LTG Thomas Todd is Army Futures Command's chief innovation officer. He will share more about the work his team performs behind the scenes, its focus areas for the future, and how Army Futures Command sees the partnership between the Army and industry evolving to help both sides reach their goals.

- CDT
NavalX Overview and Outcomes
CAPT Ben Van Buskirk
CAPT Ben Van Buskirk
NavalX, Director

Attention innovators! Here’s your chance to get to know NavalX, the workforce "super-connector" for the U.S. Navy. Formally announced in February 2019, this organization focuses on lowering barriers to make it easier for companies to work with the Navy and arming them with a variety of tools so they can move boldly and quickly forward.

In this overview session, NavalX Director CAPT Ben Van Buskirk will share more about Naval Agility and explain how NavalX connects experts and solutions across an ecosystem of potential opportunities. From investment to experimentation to technology transfer, find out how NavalX is evolving the Navy's innovation landscape — and how you can get involved.