Fall Fed Supernova Schedule Fall Fed Supernova Schedule

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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ASF Overview and Welcome Message
Vito Errico
Vito Errico
Army Software Factory, Co-director
Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
IBM, SVP Global Markets, IBM Sales

Army Software Factory (ASF) is where Soldiers become innovators. The Army's first Soldier-led software factory is where cutting-edge software solutions are developed FOR Soldiers, BY Soldiers. 

At Fed Supernova 2021, ASF will introduce you to the change-makers you need to meet in order advance our nation's capabilities and stay competitive. Join us for an overview of ASF at Fed Supernova and a welcome message from the organization's co-director.

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ASF Keynote
Abdul Subhani
Abdul Subhani
Secretary of the Army, Civilian Aide

Army Software Factory is bringing the big guns. Join ASF's keynote speaker for the scoop on defense software innovation.  

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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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The Secret to Building an Outcomes-based DoD Software Culture
Hannah Hunt
Hannah Hunt
Army Software Factory, Chief Product and Innovation Officer
Capt Rachele Szall
Capt Rachele Szall
Kobayashi Maru (Kessel Run), Chief of Product
Austen Bryan
Austen Bryan
Platform One, Chief Operations Officer
Meagan Metzger
Meagan Metzger
Dcode, CEO

Building software is hard. Doing it in the DoD is even harder. How have the Army, Navy, and Air Force figured out how to deliver outcomes in their software development organizations? The answers will surprise you. Join this session to learn more!

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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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Building a Capable and Trusted Drone Ecosystem for the US and Our Partners
Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson
DIU, Project Manager
Joel Castillo
Joel Castillo
Office of Secretary of Defense (A&S), Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Robotic Autonomous Systems
Andrew Musto
Andrew Musto
DIU, Deputy Director, Autonomy
Jason Kirkpatrick
Jason Kirkpatrick
US Army Corps of Engineers, Program Manager

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) provide additional capabilities on the battlefield to do things humans can't and help keep service members safe from harm. These devices have become invaluable to the U.S. military — which is why DIU developed the Blue UAS project. 

In this session, DIU staff and other experts from across the services will share details about the Blue UAS project and how they are using this project to build a robust, trusted UAS domestic industrial base amid cyber security and global supply chain challenges.

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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.

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3D-printed Bases of the Future
Evan Loomis
Evan Loomis
ICON, Co-Founder
Brian Stevens
Brian Stevens
TMD CFMO, Director, Plans, Programs, and Innovation
Alex Goldberg
Alex Goldberg
DIU, DIU Southwest Region Engagement Lead
Michael Cornitius
Michael Cornitius
Texas Military Department, Command Senior Enlisted Leader

We have the most sophisticated military in the world-- It’s technologically advanced, agile, and has the ability to deploy all over the world. But there are also challenges in backlogged housing and other construction projects, outdated infrastructure and budgetary constraints that limit how fast we can mobilize new and needed resources. Additive construction, namely 3D printing, has the ability to help solve a massive need across the DoD. We need infrastructure capabilities that help improve speed, reduce lifecycle costs and create buildings that are energy efficient and climate resilient. 

Come hear from representatives from the Texas Military Department, the Defense Innovation Unit and private construction technology startup, ICON, on how 3D printing can help improve speed, energy efficiency and affordability concerns and introduce innovative solutions into the military community.

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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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Outcomes Matter: Enabling Continuous Delivery to Avoid Innovation Theater
Aaron Swain
Aaron Swain
VMware, Strategic Director of Digital Transformation
Hannah Hunt
Hannah Hunt
Army Software Factory, Chief Product and Innovation Officer
Victoria Vanek
Victoria Vanek
Kessel Run, Portfolio Lead for ADCP
Carlo Viray
Carlo Viray
Rise8, Inc., Innovation and Strategy Lead
Enrique Oti
Enrique Oti
Second Front Systems, Chief Technology Officer
Paul Puckett
Paul Puckett
United States Army, Director of Cloudy Things

Continuous Delivery (CD) is the ability to get software into production — or into the hands of users — safely, quickly, and in a sustainable way. This engineering approach is critical to driving outcomes in software development organizations and in making sure they deliver software solutions rather than just promises. 

Learn how adopting CD has allowed DoD software development organizations across the Air Force, Army, and beyond to deliver real outcomes rather than more innovation theater.

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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.

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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.