Fall Fed Supernova Schedule Fall Fed Supernova Schedule

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Happy Hour (in Person Only)

Join us both days post Fed Supernova on the 8th Floor of Capital Factory for Happy Hour. 

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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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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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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.

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What the Heck is an Army Cohort?
Jim Templin
Jim Templin
AAL, Project Manager
James Ackermann
James Ackermann
LRPF CFT, HQE
Guy Babbitt
Guy Babbitt
Czero, Inc, CEO
Christopher Orlowski
Christopher Orlowski
US Army PEO Ground Combat Systems, Product Manager
Sudipto Ghoshal
Sudipto Ghoshal
Qualtech Systems, Inc., Chief Operating Officer

Putting innovators, experts, and end-users in close contact produces results. That’s not news for the commercial market; it’s a model that industry has been refining for years. But it is a critical shift for the U.S. military — and a powerful business model that the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) activated through its Cohort Program. 

In this session, companies that have participated in AAL cohorts will take the stage alongside Army leaders and PMs to talk about how the Cohort Program works, why it works, and what it will take to scale this novel approach to solution innovation across a million-person organization. Join us to find out how this model is driving culture change and collaborative solutions for the Army.

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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 Cost of Not Pivoting
Heather Jo Richman
Heather Jo Richman
Defense Investor Network, Founder
CAPT Colin Supko
CAPT Colin Supko
Trusted Capital, Director
Andrea Carpenter
Andrea Carpenter
US Navy, FITT Deputy
Jeanne Suchodolski
Jeanne Suchodolski
US Navy, Director, Innovation Protection Policy

U.S. companies are facing an unprecedented set of challenges — economic uncertainty, decline of critical markets and suppliers, global competition, loss of vital skills in the workforce, and more. In fact, there are 250+ areas where the country’s industrial base and supply chain face critical risks, and these challenges have a direct impact on our national security.

During this panel, you will have the chance to dive deeper into the threats facing the U.S. industrial base during global competition. Members of the Foreign Investment Tiger Team, CIFIUS, NCIS, the Office of Naval Research, OSD’s Trusted Capital Marketplace, and the Defense Investment Network will discuss how they are working to mitigate these threats with carrots and sticks.

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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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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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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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Ensuring Joint Success: The Next Step In Innovation for the Department
Paul Norwood
Paul Norwood
Deloitte Consulting, Consultant
Alex Goldberg
Alex Goldberg
DIU, DIU Southwest Region Engagement Lead
COL Jay Wisham
COL Jay Wisham
AAL, Director
Jim Rabuck
Jim Rabuck
NSIN, Director, Southwest Region

Where do we go from here? Take the next step with us as we hear from key leaders how joint solutions activate the full potential of defense innovation possibilities.

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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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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.

- CDT (Part 2 of 2)
Happy Hour (in Person Only)

Join us both days post Fed Supernova on the 8th Floor of Capital Factory for Happy Hour.