See finalists share their solutions to assure communications during volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters and compete for part of a $75,000 prize pool.


Join the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) and the Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG) 194 Communications Squadron at the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub: Washington on May 1, 2024 at 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 - 12:00 p.m. PDT). The Hub is located at 1100 SW 27th St, Renton, WA 98057. You may also join virtually by registering below.


Doors open 30 minutes before event starts

Opening Remarks | 20 minutes

  • Angela Austin, Challenge Program Manager, NSIN
  • MSgt Chris Pavel, Innovation Director, WA ANG
  • Chris Groves, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center

Round 1 Company Presentations | 1 hr 15 mins

  • Ecrio Inc.
  • NaKa Studios, LLC
  • Allosense, Inc.
  • Somewear Labs
  • Syncopated Engineering Inc.
  • Q-Net Security
**Break 10 minutes**

Round 2 Company Presentations | 1 hr 15 mins

  • goTenna, Inc.
  • Persistent Systems, LLC
  • Makai
  • IoTAI, Inc
  • 5G Open Innovation Lab
  • WingXpand

Closing Remarks | 5 mins

  • Brady Ryan, Regional Engagement Principal, Seattle, NSIN
**Event Ends and Networking Begins (In-Person & Expo Halls) 30 mins**

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Attendees must register for the C2C Challenge Event online via the link below.

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About National Security Innovation Network

NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense, nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.

For more information or interview requests with Team NSIN, please contact us at

About the Washington Air National Guard

The Washington Air National Guard is the aerial militia of the State of Washington and an element of the Washington National Guard. Since the early 1900s, the men and women of the WA ANG have served our state and nation nobly. Today, more than 2,100 Airmen across the state serve in the WA ANG and lead a variety of missions, from aerial refueling, active defense of our nation’s airspace, cyber security of state and national infrastructure, and providing much-needed assistance during state emergencies. Composed of the Headquarters WA ANG, two wings – the 141st Air Refueling Wing and the 194th Wing – as well as the Western Air Defense Sector’s 225th Air Defense Group, the WA ANG offers our state and nation cutting-edge capabilities to increase its security.