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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 18, 2021
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NSIN Celebrates Fifth Anniversary


Team NSIN held a hybrid All-Hands event on Oct. 14 to mark our fifth anniversary. Teammates shared memories from the earliest days of our founding and celebrated the achievements of our problem-solving network. 


Closing Soon 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. 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. EDT

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.


NEWS: NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) is seeking problem submissions for the upcoming spring semester. If you have an unclassified challenge in mind, we invite you to complete our problem intake form to provide information about the issue, your timeline, and your desired outcome. Our team will evaluate your submission and work with you to identify a university partner.

Apply now for the 2022 NSIN X-Force
NEWS: Applications are now open for the 2022 NSIN X-Force Fellowship. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders on real-world DoD missions, participate in professional development opportunities, and gain experience using their skills for national security solutions. Apply by Dec. 17.

Volunteers Contribute to National Security in Flexible Ambassador Program
NEWS:  Leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have answered the call to serve as ambassadors in the NSIN Hirethon program. The ambassadors have been selected because of their successful careers and networks in STEM-related work. In addition, they have a passion for sharing models of service for generational and cultural differences between the military, academic, and venture communities. 

MEDIA: The partnership will pair resources and build relationships in NSIN programs between academia, startups, and defense innovators to access funding opportunities and events in the national security community. Cortex is the Midwest's leading hub of urban innovation and technology commercialization for more than 400 companies.

NEW NOV. 12, 2021

EVENT: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is hiring computer scientists, engineers, and psychologists to advance the research and development of warfighting technologies for their air, space and cyberspace forces.

AFRL: Robust Ultra-wideband Electronics Challenge

NEW DEC. 15, 2021

EVENT: Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) seeks solutions that explore and demonstrate technologies for ultra-wideband and robust electronics, advanced millimeter (MM)-Wave Technology, or the development of advanced machine learning techniques to enable dynamic, efficient spectrum management operations. 


NEWS: A new Federal Register notice requests comments to identify barriers facing small businesses in contracting with the DoD. This information will help the DoD leverage the capabilities of small businesses to increase competition, strengthen domestic supply chains, and support equity and inclusion in defense procurements. The comment period closes Oct. 25.

OCT. 19, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT (In-person and virtual)

EVENT: The summit will highlight the development of Central Florida’s multibillion-dollar Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) industry as a global showcase. Keynote speakers and industry experts will discuss the growing importance of cybersecurity and how Central Florida can utilize the region’s MS&T expertise to tackle present and future challenges.

OCT. 19 - 20, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. EDT (In-person)

EVENT: This investor conference and startup competition will showcase innovators and business opportunities in the Washington, DC metro area. Over 20 student teams and dozens of tech startups will pitch their cybersecurity, healthcare, and sustainability solutions for cash prizes.

OCT. 21, 2021 at 3 p.m. EDT (Virtual)

EVENT: The webinar will showcase the Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)'s new intellectual property (IP) licensing options for businesses and expand on how companies can commercialize their technology with ERDC.

OCT. 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT (Virtual)

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.


The xView3 Challenge prize competition seeks to identify the best computer vision algorithms to advance the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The challenge, sponsored by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW), will award a total of $150,000 to developers with selected solutions that harness satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data to detect dark vessels. Submissions are due by Nov. 30.

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.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) created a $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge that seeks to assist communities nationwide by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and by building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. Submissions are due Oct. 19.

Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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