Fall Fed Supernova Schedule Fall Fed Supernova Schedule

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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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.

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VIP Networking

Whether you are in person or virtual VIPS will have the chance to participate at random. (please see calendar invite & VIP emails for link!)

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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.

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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.

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Fireside Chat: SECDEF Innovation Priorities
Ms. Heidi Shyu
Ms. Heidi Shyu
DoD, Under Secretary of Research and Engineering
Mike Brown
Mike Brown
DIU, Director

"Build Back Better" is President Biden’s three-part agenda to rescue, recover, and rebuild the economy. This agenda embraces a whole of government approach and the Department of Defense will play a significant role, not only in maintaining a strong national security, but as an economic enabler. 

Join this session to learn how the Department of Defense will defend the United States guided by three priorities;  defending the nation, taking care of people and succeeding through teamwork. Creating opportunities for new-to-government companies to take advantage of its resources will play a major part in the Department’s plans and during this conversation you will receive behind-the-scenes insights from leadership within the Office of the Secretary of Defense as they discuss administration and defense priorities.

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DoDX Ecosystem Counter-Intelligence Brief: The Threat Walks Among Us
David Rader
David Rader
DoD, Deputy Director
Katherine Koleski
Katherine Koleski
DIU, Program Analyst

Economic uncertainty doesn’t stop innovation, but it has made it more difficult for early-stage companies to secure the funding they need to grow. In response, some startups and entrepreneurs are turning to investments from foreign rivals, especially China, creating potential security problems for their businesses and for the United States as a whole.

In this session, DIU will examine critical points of entry for bad actors seeking to exploit your companies. You'll learn how to identify “adversarial capital” and protect your company from investors with malicious intent as well as how to stay alert and take proactive measures to secure trusted capital.

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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.

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Networking

Catch your breath, grab a coffee, and chat with changemakers. Get energized and inspired by the world-class professionals in the room and expand your network to the next level.

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Powering Our Future: Our Greatest Challenge and Greatest Opportunity
Jonathan Villasenor
Jonathan Villasenor
US Army, Maneuver Chief, Maneuver, Aviation, Soldier, Lethality Robotics Division, FID, FCC, AFC
Doug French
Doug French
DIU, Program Manager
Lee Robinson
Lee Robinson
DIU, Advanced Energy & Materials Portfolio

Need Energy? Yep, that's what we thought. Hear from DIU's newest portfolio, Advanced Energy & Materials, which is dedicated to tackling the DoD's growing energy needs. Capital Factory invites you to learn how industry is integrating advancements in energy and materials technology into DoD installations and distributed operations.

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National Security Innovation Investment: Get Capabilities to Market Faster
Tex Schenkkan
Tex Schenkkan
NSIC, Director
Abigail Desjardins
Abigail Desjardins
NSIN, Acceleration Portfolio Director
Rich Julien
Rich Julien
Amazon Web Services, Public Sector VC and Startups Lead for National Security and Space

Software gets the attention but hardware is still key. Join NSIC, NSIN and AWS for a discussion on how hardware startups uniquely benefit from government funding. Don't miss out on understanding how non-dilutive capital can actually surpass the value of private investment when driving national security innovation.

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Networking

Catch your breath, grab a coffee, and chat with changemakers. Get energized and inspired by the world-class professionals in the room and expand your network to the next level.

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Artificial Intelligence: Innovation at the Speed of Trust
John Stockton
John Stockton
Quantifind, Co-founder
Carol Smith
Carol Smith
Carnegie Mellon University, Senior Research Scientist
Bryce Goodman
Bryce Goodman
DIU, Chief Strategist for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence pushes the limits of known possibility. Yet, AI creates unique challenges for public servants as much as philosophers. While countries like China push forward with AI in military applications, democracies like the U.S. are working to balance the game-changing capabilities that AI provides with public concerns about when, how, and why AI-enabled tools are used for the country’s defense.

U.S. leaders are taking these concerns seriously and working diligently to address them. Learn how DIU and others are helping apply the DoD's Ethical Principles for AI to accelerate the adoption of AI for national security while ensuring responsible, lawful use of this promising technology.

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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.  

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Corridors to Advance Air Mobility
Darshan Divakaran
Darshan Divakaran
AFWERX, Senior Operations Research Analyst
Ted Lehr
Ted Lehr
City of Austin, Data Architect
Adrian Doko
Adrian Doko
AUVSI, Lone Star, President
Glenn Hamer
Glenn Hamer
TX Association of Business, President and CEO
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
FAA, Regional Administrator

The global air taxi passenger mobility market is forecasted to grow from ~$1.5B in 2025 to more than $150B by 2035. And electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) lies at the core of this burgeoning market. With promises of quieter operation, fewer maintenance requirements, and lower operational costs, VCs aren’t the only ones with enhanced interest in the eVTOL industry. The military is equally focused on the electric future of vertical lift. 

Join this diverse panel of speakers to learn more about the U.S. Air Force’s efforts to accelerate the eVTOL transition through dual-use development campaigns in central Texas. With a presentation followed by Q&A, you will discover the potential of this new technology to positively disrupt military operations and the urban mobility landscape alike.

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Doing Business with DoD: Acquiring Software From Industry
Ben Homer
Ben Homer
Kessel Run, Industry Engagement Lead
Davis Gunter
Davis Gunter
United States Air Force, Chief of Platform, Kobayashi Maru
Jason Zuniga
Jason Zuniga
Army Software Factory, Co-director
Christina Mapa
Christina Mapa
Red Hat, Army Account Executive
Wade Johnston
Wade Johnston
Klas Government, Director of Innovation

The DoD acquisition enterprise can be challenging to navigate. Software intensive efforts in the Air Force, Army, and Navy are leveraging commercial technologies and agile methodology to more rapidly deliver new capabilities to the warfighter. 

This panel will include speakers from the Air Force's Kessel Run, Army Software Factory, and Navy Black Pearl software practice for a discussion of how each approaches innovation and engagement with industry. Join us to gain insights into key focus areas and recommendations for successful collaboration between government and Industry.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Day 2 Kickoff

Jorge Manresa is VP for Federal/Defense Programs and Director for the Center of Defense Innovation at Capital Factory. On Day 2 of Fed Supernova, Jorge will reflect on the day prior and preview what's coming ahead for the sessions from the Army Track Presented by IBM, the Navy Track (curated by NavalX), and the NSIN Track Presented by Deloitte.

Don't miss what Jorge has to say. Want to learn more about what makes Jorge tick? See below:

The Federal Acquisition “Rosetta Stone”

Jorge is an accomplished 20-year mission-focused business leader having served as a U.S. Air Force - Contracting Officer. Jorge led foundational AFWERX business strategies and realized the USAF Chief of Staff’s call for innovation by influencing the revitalization of the U.S. Air Force - Small Business Innovation Research Program and other strategic innovation initiatives. Jorge now optimizes Capital Factory programs to help all portfolio companies, commercial partners and entrepreneurs organize, collaborate, and deliver innovative solutions to all state, federal & defense partners.

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NSIN Overview and Welcome Message
Matt Merighi
Matt Merighi
NSIN, Acting Director of Operations

At the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), community is our core strength. Our team builds networks among innovators who generate new solutions to giant problems. By combining problem-solvers from different kinds of communities, NSIN creates powerful and unexpected effects in the service of national security. The question is: Where do YOU fit in? 

Find out from Matt Merighi, NSIN’s Acting Director of Operations, as he explains the work of bringing together defense, academic, and entrepreneurial innovators to solve national security problems in new ways. He’ll share more about NSIN’s programs as well as how you can engage with their mission, vision, and scope during Fed Supernova. 

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A Warm Welcome from Deloitte
Ed Van Buren
Ed Van Buren
Deloitte AI Institute for Government, Principal, Government AI Lead & Executive Director

Deloitte plays a huge part in the NSIN track for Fed Supernova 2021. Tune in to hear how Deloitte's support is making Fed Supernova 2021 go from not just possible, but absolutely epic. 

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Lightning Talk: SBIR
Robert "Bob" Smith
Robert "Bob" Smith
Department of Navy SBIR/STTR, Director
Zac Staples
Zac Staples
Fathom5, CEO

Join us for a presentation on how the Department of Navy SBIR program is mobilizing to transition technology faster than ever before.

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Lightning Talk: Tech Bridge Overview
Whitney Tallarico
Whitney Tallarico
NavalX, National Tech Bridge Director

Curious about what the NavalX Tech Bridges are? We've got just the session for you! The NavalX Tech Bridges are a connected network that enhances collaboration between Naval Labs, industry, academia, and other military branches. Join the Tech Bridges Director at NavalX for an overview of how to utilize the Tech Bridges ecosystems and tap into opportunities.

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Changing the Way We Change: The State of Government Contracting for Innovation
Anne Laurent
Anne Laurent
NCMA, Director, Professional Practice and Innovation
Casey Perley
Casey Perley
AAL, Director, Insights and Analysis
Matt Willis
Matt Willis
Army Prize Competitions and Army Applied SBIR Program, Director
Brian Cook
Brian Cook
IBM, AFC & FORSCOM Account Manager
Laurice Sosa
Laurice Sosa
Army Contracting Command, APG Program Integrator

Modernization is a hot topic across the government — and a central tenet of the National Defense Strategy. But it's not just about finding and applying the hottest new tech. It's also about changing how the government sources solutions from the commercial market to catch up with the speed of business and make the process less painful for everyone. 

Join Anne Laurent and other contracting experts from across the Army to understand the current status of government contracting, what's already changed, and what new changes are coming to make this vision of modernization a reality.