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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Aug. 09, 2021
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NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) is seeking policy problem submissions for the upcoming fall semester. If you have an unclassified policy challenge in mind, we invite you to complete our problem intake form to provide information about the issue, your timeline, and desired outcome. Our team will evaluate your submission and work with you to identify a university partner.


AUG. 10, 2021

EVENT: Meet the startups participating in the MassChallenge Safety and Security Cohort at 2 p.m. EDT on Aug. 10. The Safety and Security track, sponsored by NSIN, prepares diverse innovators to do business with and better understand the DoD’s needs. 

AUG. 31, 2021

EVENT: Calling NSIN programming alumni interested in a career with the Department of Defense (DoD). Join us for the 2021 NSIN National Service Hirethon. Apply by Aug. 15 to join this unique recruitment event on Aug. 31. Ten participating DoD organizations will have virtual booths to welcome and interview interested applicants.


NEWS: Congratulations to the winners of the Polar Vortex hackathon: Polaris Communications Module, Parasanti, and GEE ISD. Each team received $15,000 to further develop their solution concepts for geospatial data in austere Arctic environments. 


NEWS: The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) announced the xView3 Challenge prize competition to identify the best computer vision algorithms to advance the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The xView3 Challenge is a global call for skilled developers to harness satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data to detect dark vessels.

AUG. 17, 2021

EVENT: Small businesses will pitch solutions to solve one of the DoD’s top
priorities— developing technology to modernize the nuclear triad.

AUG. 18, 2021

EVENT: Technology entrepreneurs and researchers who are interested in Department of the Air Force (DAF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are encouraged to attend this informational webinar.

AUG. 19, 2021

EVENT: The U.S. Space Force (USSF) and the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) are hosting a pitch day to support smarter partnerships with small businesses and faster investments with their technology. On-the-spot contract awards will be available.


Follow the new NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify funding across the defense innovation space. Academics, dual-use start-ups, and anyone interested in emerging technology and national security should follow this blog and sign up for updates.
The Army Applications Lab (AAL) issued a pre-release for an upcoming topic related to the Tethered Unmanned Aircraft System (TeUAS). AAL is interested in software or hardware solutions to enhance TeUAS mobility, durability, and communication capabilities. During the pre-release period, firms can contact the topic authors with any questions. Connect with the authors before the proposal launches on Aug. 26.
xTechSearch seeks disruptive concepts and technology with dual-use capabilities that can assist the U.S. Army. Small businesses that can provide the Army with transformative technology solutions, while enabling cost savings, are encouraged to participate. The xTechSearch 6 competition winners will gain funding and opportunities for further development with the Army. Initial submissions accepted through Sept. 2.

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