Fall Fed Supernova Schedule Fall Fed Supernova Schedule

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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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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AFWERX Welcome Message
Gen David W. Allvin
Gen David W. Allvin
USAF, Vice Chief of Staff
Lt Col Rock McMillan
Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director

Welcome to AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force's team of innovators who encourage and facilitate connections across industry, academia, and military to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation. 

Learn how you can engage with AFWERX's mission, vision, and scope for increasing partnerships during Fed Supernova 2021, and hear a special message from Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. David W. Allvin.

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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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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Overview and Welcome Message
David Grover
David Grover
NGA, Lead Innovation Outreach Officer

Throughout human history, we’ve yearned to discover what lies beyond the horizon. The drive to explore our surroundings and understand the Earth is deeply ingrained in our DNA. At NGA, their mission is to answer those fundamental questions today — so they can help show the way to a better tomorrow.

Learn more about NGA’s goal to deliver world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders in this session, presented by NGA Lead Innovation Outreach Officer, David Grover.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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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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.

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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

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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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DOD and Academia: How Higher Education Can Advance National Security
Joseph Kopser
Joseph Kopser
UT Austin, Special Advisor for Military Strategy, Office of the President
Ross Guieb
Ross Guieb
TAMU George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex, Executive Director
Guy Walsh
Guy Walsh
NSCC, Executive Director

The academic community and the Department of Defense may, at first, seem strange bedfellows. But with each facing the need to adapt and move forward in ways that support their own missions (as well as the greater good), collaboration could be the golden ticket. 

Join us for a conversation among university faculty and defense change-makers on the mutual benefits of an academia X DoD alliance. We’ll explore the future potential of this relationship as well as a few examples of how universities are finding value in national security projects while lending their thinking and research facilities to keep the nation safe.

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Naval Agility: Responding to the Changing Environment
RADM Lorin Selby
RADM Lorin Selby
ONR, Chief of Naval Research

Stay tuned for more information about the nuclear impact of the Navy's chief modernizer, Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, on Fed Supernova 2021.

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Opportunity Knocks: A Snapshot of Army Technology Priorities
Brian Halloran
Brian Halloran
AAL, Director of Solution Innovation
COL Steve Hart
COL Steve Hart
U.S. Army, 75th Innovation Command
Matt Willis
Matt Willis
Army Prize Competitions and Army Applied SBIR Program, Director
Chad Nash
Chad Nash
PM PNT, Deputy & Technical Director

Modular open system architectures. Shared data repositories. Computer vision. These aren't just Silicon Valley concerns. The U.S. Army uses many of the same technologies as the commercial market and has many of the same needs — from wearables to robotics, electric vehicles to mixed reality, and beyond. 

In this session, technologists and leaders from across the Army will come together to offer a snapshot of their top-priority technology areas and announce opportunities for companies that may have never worked with the government to get involved.

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The Future of Defense Innovation
COL Jay Wisham
COL Jay Wisham
AAL, Director

In 2018, the US Army launched the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) as an innovation unit embedded within Army Futures Command. Its goal: Foster opportunities to work with untapped companies that could bring dual-use technology and novel ideas to Army modernization. 

Join this session to hear AAL's new director, COL Jay Wisham, discuss his observations of the defense innovation space, share what the team has achieved to date, and explain the organization's vision for the future as it works to make the Army a better business partner for small- and mid-sized companies.

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Energizing Future Generations
Dr. Richard Carlin
Dr. Richard Carlin
Office of Naval Research, Department Head
Rick Rocheleau
Rick Rocheleau
HNEI, Director
Kim Baker
Kim Baker
Elemental Excelerator, Director of Innovation
Gwen Holdmann
Gwen Holdmann
Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Director

The U.S. Navy has set its sights on renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels — and not just because it’s good for the planet. Power sources that can be replenished naturally offer game-changing possibilities for military operations. By generating power from renewable energy resources, the Navy can reduce its dependence on an increasingly fragile supply chain while also reducing its carbon footprint.

Doing that requires partnership with the commercial industry, which is generally ahead of the military on the next generation of renewables. Find out how the Navy piloted a different business model to address energy resilience challenges through public-private partnerships and what collaboration opportunities it has planned as part of its Asia-Pacific Technology & Education program.

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Tackling National Disasters: Global Center for Coordinated Response and Resiliency
Patrice A. Melançon
Patrice A. Melançon
CWG Consulting, Sole Proprietor
Jeff DeCoux
Jeff DeCoux
Autonomy Institute, Founder and Chairman
Matt Borron
Matt Borron
Association of Defense Communities, Executive Director
John Conger
John Conger
Conger Strategies and Solutions, President

While the U.S. military is all about national defense, national defense is about much more than battle. Humanitarian and diplomatic efforts are equally important to keeping the country safe. That’s why, when natural disasters threaten around the world, members of our military arrive by ship, plane, or helicopter to lend a hand. Whether helping prepare, cleaning up the aftermath, bringing supplies to remote areas, or aiding the sick and injured, service members play an important role in disaster relief.

Although we cannot control when a natural disaster hits, we can control our preparedness, response, and level of resiliency to lessen the damage left behind. Hear how the Global Center for Coordinated Response and Resiliency is helping to improve processes and pathways toward national disaster responses around the world.

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Ask Me Anything
Art Trevethan
Art Trevethan
AAL, Champion of Industry Opportunities
Brance Hudzietz
Brance Hudzietz
AAL, Entrepreneur in Residence
Christopher Orlowski
Christopher Orlowski
US Army PEO Ground Combat Systems, Product Manager
Chad Nash
Chad Nash
PM PNT, Deputy & Technical Director

We're bringing a special flavor to this month's AAL Ask Me Anything, in honor of Fed Supernova! 

The AAL Corporate Ventures team has invited a group of Army Program Managers (PMs) to join us and answer your questions in real-time. Maybe you want to know how they buy. Maybe you're trying to figure out how to get noticed. Maybe you need to untangle the confusing web of acquisition bureaucracy. Whatever it is, join us for this special AMA to hear it straight from the people who know best. 

And, if you want to learn more about AAL and how we do what we do, we'll be ready and waiting to take on those questions as well. No holds barred. No silly questions. No nonsense. That's why we're here.

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X-Force Fellowship Presentations
Magdalini Lagoudas
Magdalini Lagoudas
Texas A&M University, Executive Director, Industry and Nonprofit Partnerships
Jacob Pierce
Jacob Pierce
Texas A&M, Student
Zachary Marvin
Zachary Marvin
DroneHQ, CEO
Billy Dickson
Billy Dickson
NSIN X-Force, Software Developer
Teddy Chen
Teddy Chen
Georgia Tech, Student
Matt Luettgen
Matt Luettgen
NSIN X-Force, Fellow
Nicholas Cali
Nicholas Cali
DroneHQ, Co-founder
Alfonso Acosta
Alfonso Acosta
X-Force, Fellow

The X-Force Fellowship program is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by solving real-world national security problems in collaboration with the U.S. military. 

Join this session to hear four talented X-Force Fellowship teams present the solutions that they developed for DoD customers — and learn more about the program that made it possible.

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Tech for Tomorrow’s Battlefield: How Concepts of the Future Drive Investments Today
BG Stephanie Ahern
BG Stephanie Ahern
AFC, Director of Concepts
Jean Vettel
Jean Vettel
AFC, Chief Scientist for Futures and Concepts Center
Chris Milroy
Chris Milroy
NVIDIA, Senior Data Scientist
Tien Pham
Tien Pham
U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, Chief Scientist, Senior Science Technical Manager for CISD
LTG(R) John Morgan
LTG(R) John Morgan
IBM, Partner, Federal DOD/Army Co-Lead

The U.S. is home to some of the most groundbreaking technology ever created — technology that has changed the world. GPS. Lithium batteries. The iPhone. These are all commonplace today, but they were once the major innovations of their time. And all of these innovations can trace their roots back to the U.S. military. That’s because, for decades, the military was out in front with research and development, from WWII to the Apollo missions and beyond. 

In this session, BG Stephanie Ahern will lead an informative and entertaining discussion with Army scientists, futurists, and commercial experts to explain how concepts about the future of battle influence where the Army invests today. Join us to learn more about the Army's technology roadmap and how companies with relevant solutions can become partners for the future.