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Empowering Innovation at the Operational Edge

- CDT
Devvie, 1st Floor & Virtual

Maj Steven Lauver
AFWERX, Spark Division Chief

Maj. Steven D. Lauver is the Division Chief, Spark, AFWERX,  AFRL/RG, Pentagon, VA. As Division Chief, he leads a team  that is responsible for expanding and empowering the  network of Airmen and Guardian talent that are ready, willing, and able to enhance capability development with a culture of innovation.

Major Lauver was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He entered the Air Force in May 2011 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served 7 years on Active Duty, during which time he has been stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, TX, Hurlburt Field, FL and the Pentagon and has deployed four times in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom Sentinel. Prior to his current organization, the Major was a Tactics Officer and U-28A Aircraft Commander, 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL.



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.


Attendees (102)

Alec Longarzo
Alec Longarzo
Dcode, Director
Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Romeo Augustine
Romeo Augustine
Mobilize VISION, Account Manager
Jade Baranski
Jade Baranski
Mobilize VISION, CEO
Judy Ayala
Judy Ayala
Nueducation Inc - lT Services, CEO
Derek Denton
Derek Denton
MDM Wound Ventures Inc, Co-Founder & CEO
Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards
MGMWERX, Director
Allison Williams
Allison Williams
VMware Tanzu Labs, Sr Manager, Public Sector
Lynne O Hamilton
Lynne O Hamilton
Lawelawe Defense, Inc., President
SA
Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
Sergio Gallucci
Sergio Gallucci
SCOUT Inc., CTO
TK
Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jerry Ramey
Jerry Ramey
Mobilize VISION, CTO
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Liya Smolina
Liya Smolina
AWS, Air Force Account Manager
Ken Phillips
Ken Phillips
Ultra, Capture Manager
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Air Education and Training Command, Det 62, Learning Coordinator, Agility Prime
Judson Crane
Judson Crane
Defense Innovation Board, Research Director (People & Process)
Mike Grubbs
Mike Grubbs
BTRY, Co-Founder & CEO
ME
Michael Ertmer
@AUSAPittsburgh & Army AI2C
Peter Neumann
Peter Neumann
Riverside Research, Mission Engineer
Mark Hair
Mark Hair
CEREBRAS SYSTEMS, FEDERAL LEADER
Christopher Pavel
Christopher Pavel
Western Air Defense Sector, BCC Spark Cell, Senior Enlisted Leader
RG
Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley
D2IQ Federal, Sr. Strategic Account Leader
Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Boeing, Principal Advanced Technologist
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Zachary and Levy
Zachary and Levy
Cognovi Labs, Managing Director
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Karen Fray, PMP
Karen Fray, PMP
National Security Innovation Network, National Service Portfolio Director
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
Dark Wolf Solutions, LLC, Director, Strategic Accounts
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