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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021
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As the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA) 2021 Showcase Day approaches, take a look at last year’s winning teams: Forcyte and Candelytics. Forcyte builds wireless power solutions to overcome energy challenges, and Candelytics uses artificial intelligence (AI) to collect and analyze 3D data for customers.   


NEW SEPT. 9, 2021

EVENT: Submit your machine learning (ML) solution, using only external photographs, to predict the internal structure of buildings for a chance to win up to $1 million to develop your concept with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). White papers are due on Oct. 15, and a challenge Q&A session will take place this Thursday, Sept. 9.


MEDIA: Pison, a 2019 NSIN Starts participant, discussed their wristwatch sensor, which can detect faint electrical signals that control simple hand gestures, during the Sept. 1 airing of PBS Newshour. See how Pison’s technology changes the way prosthetics function and how we think about the human brain.

SEPT. 13, 2021

EVENT: Educators interested in teaching students to work with the DoD to address the nation’s emerging security challenges can register now for the Hacking for Defense (H4D) Virtual Educators Course. The four-module course provides an overview of H4D and how to develop a successful program at your university. The live portion of the course starts virtually on Sept. 13.  

SEPT. 14, 2021

EVENT: The top six teams from the NSIN Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA) 2021 cohort will pitch their projects to investors, government partners, and fellow entrepreneurs for an opportunity to commercialize their technology. Projects include X-ray computed tomography (CT), mercury-free handheld ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, and data pre-processing with natural language. Join us live at noon EDT on Sept. 14.

SEPT. 23, 2021

EVENT: The virtual NSIN Propel Demo Day will showcase dual-use technologies such as sensors, 5G, and automation, created by the 12 companies participating in the inaugural Propel cohort. The event, hosted by our partners at Decisive Point and Newlab, will include demonstrations followed by a Q&A from each of the companies. Join us from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 23.


EVENT: Can you innovate the Massachusetts National Guard (MANG)? Join the 2021 Patriot Pitch challenge and submit a minimum one-page summary describing the problem and its solution by Oct. 3. For inspiration, view the finalists from last year’s Patriot Pitch challenge. Must join the NSIN UNUM Platform to participate. 


SEPT. 14 - 17, 2021 (Open to active-duty Marines and sailors, Department of the Navy federal employees, support contractors, and intermediary agreement partners).

EVENT: Build relationships, connect programs, and share ideas throughout the network of talent across our naval forces at this in-person event Sept. 14-17.

SEPT. 19, 2021

EVENT: Submit your solution to improve the data technology of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) in their open request for information. Companies selected will present at CIGIE’s Industry Day on Oct. 20. Submit your idea by Sept. 19.

SEPT. 21 - 24, 2021

EVENT: Watch as the ten finalists use novel approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments during time-sensitive combat operations or disaster response scenarios. Finalists will compete for up to $5 million in funding in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Sept. 21-24.

SEPT. 22, 2021

EVENT: Attend Kessel Run Engagement Day to learn more about the software development and acquisition unit for the U.S. Air Force, and discover how Kessel Run’s innovative platform can deliver cloud-based infrastructure and software solutions for your organization. Space is limited, so register today to attend the event at 2 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22.


Contract proposals to enhance Tethered Unmanned Aircraft System (TeUAS) operations and sensors for the Army Applications Lab (AAL) close on Sept. 22.
Share your ideas to innovate the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force for a chance to pitch your solution to Department of the Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts at the 2022 Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium. Service members will receive education materials to develop their ideas as well as advice from previous Spark Tank participants. Submissions are due Oct. 1.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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