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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
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NSIN Celebrates Fifth Anniversary


The 2021 MassChallenge’s Safety & Security track, sponsored by NSIN, concluded last week with a technology demonstration by ventures in the cohort. The startups developed technology applications for dual-use commercial and national security partners including drone sensors, 5G connections, and high-speed computers.


Closes Today 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?


MEDIA: The CoMotion Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington hosted NSIN’s Advanced Capabilities Integration Manager, Chris Fotiadis, and University Program Director at the University of Washington, Justin Dunnicliff, to share their knowledge with startups about working with the DoD and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

MEDIA: Starting spring semester, graduate students at George Washington University (GW) can enroll in NSIN’s Hacking for Defense (H4D) course. In August, the National Science Foundation (NSF) named GW one of 10 schools in its Mid-Atlantic Innovation-Corps Hub to help researchers transition fundamental research to the marketplace.

MEDIA: Students in the NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) course at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) are learning skills to build startups and overcome obstacles they face as entrepreneurs. Instead of memorizing a textbook, the “Innovating for Defense” students at WashU are applying real-world problem solving for the DoD.

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.

NEW NOV. 9, 2021 2 p.m. EST

EVENT: Learn how the DoD is strengthening its relationship with Silicon Valley. In this virtual information session, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology Foretell (CSET Foretell) and NSIN will explore the DoD’s efforts and successful outcomes in Silicon Valley. Registration is required.

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. The application period closes Nov. 12.

AFRL: Robust Ultra-wideband Electronics Challenge

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: Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) director, Mike Brown, spoke last week at a Center for a New American Security (CNAS) event on the importance of the U.S. maintaining its leadership in emerging technologies and attracting top talent to the DoD.

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. 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.

OCT. 28, 2021 at 10 a.m. EDT (Virtual)

EVENT: The event will highlight 229 startups from MassChallenge’s U.S. programs and award over $1 million in equity-free cash prizes through pitch competition. In addition, opportunities will be available for attendees to schedule one-on-one meetings with participating startup founders.


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 Nov. 30.

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 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 Nov. 1.
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