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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
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Look for the next issue of the NSIN newsletter on Tuesday, Oct. 12 as we observe the federal holiday on Monday, Oct. 11. 


The III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)’s second NSIN Source Big Ideas Challenge concluded with a virtual awards ceremony on Sept. 15. III MEF Marines submitted a record-breaking 94 submissions on NSIN's UNUM platform. The winning solutions were a proposed new chief warrant officer billet and an idea for a new field water distribution system.


We are pleased to announce our website is now located on the dot mil domain. NSIN has always been a DoD program office and our domain change is part of a larger branding effort to raise awareness about who we are and our mission. Links to automatically redirect to You can still reach Team NSIN at their customary email addresses. Any future email account changes will be announced by individual team members.


MEDIA: St. Louis incubator T-REX has launched five geospatial-intelligence projects with its GeoSeed Grant. The grant, partially funded by NSIN, will help connect entrepreneurs with geospatial technology to opportunities within the defense community. In addition, the entrepreneurs will be able to work directly with NSIN’s Midwest Regional Director Jake Laktas, who has been named one of St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honorees.

MEDIA: Read how the Midwest is expanding opportunities for defense innovation to a diverse set of students and startups. The region’s entrepreneurs in NSIN programs are accelerating economic development by creating dual-use ventures.  

NEW OCT. 21, 2021

EVENT: The demo day will highlight the top MassChallenge Safety & Security track startup pitches and a keynote by former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Dr. Will Roper. The MassChallenge Safety & Security Cohort, sponsored by NSIN, prepares diverse innovators to do business with and better understand the DoD’s needs.

OCT. 25, 2021

EVENT: Sign up now to compete in NSIN's Power Play Hackathon. Ensuring energy availability in austere and expeditionary environments –such as forward operating bases, remote installations, or conflict zones –presents a significant challenge for military planners. Additional work is needed to make electronics and field equipment more efficient. Can you hack it?


OCT. 7, 2021

EVENT: Join the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law on Oct. 7 as they examine future innovation policy issues. Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, will share how the defense sector is embracing technological advances.

OCT. 5, 2021

EVENT: Discover funding and research opportunities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through partnerships with the U.S. Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (USAF STTR) program. USAF STTR will host a Q&A on Oct. 5.

OCT. 6 - 7, 2021

EVENT: Hear from senior Navy leadership about the strategic direction for Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) programs. A follow-on day of matchmaking/capability briefings between interested parties and NAVSEA leadership will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7.

OCT. 7, 2021

EVENT: Military acquisition leaders, industry entrepreneurs, and tech investors will discuss case studies, best practices, and recommendations for speeding up defense innovation.
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OCT. 7, 2021

EVENT: Join POLITICO on Oct. 7 for its inaugural defense forum. Hear from decision-makers in the White House, Congress, military, and defense industry who are reshaping American power abroad and re-defining military readiness for the future of warfare.

OCT. 8, 2021

EVENT: Join the 2021 National Cyber League (NCL) to develop and demonstrate your cybersecurity skills through practical challenges you will likely face in the cybersecurity workforce. Registration closes on Oct. 8.

NOV. 7, 2021

EVENT: The Water Council in Wisconsin is holding its semi-annual water technology challenge, seeking innovative solutions to three focus areas: internet of things (IoT) enabled water quality sensors, control of microbial organisms, and minimizing energy consumption in wastewater treatment. Tech Challenge finalists will present their innovation to company sponsors and compete for a top prize of $10,000 per topic area. Submissions are due Nov. 7.


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is looking for new technologies and measures to combat the threat of attacks on the mind. This pitch-style event invites NATO-member innovators to showcase ways of securing the cognitive domain against attacks. The winning presentation will receive $5,000. Registration closes on Oct. 20.

The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic is seeking tools for supporting the U.S. Navy’s enterprise governance, risk management, and compliance (eGRC) Cybersecurity Campaign. Submissions may result in opportunities for a future Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based contract or a non-FAR-based agreement. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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