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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 8, 2021
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Meet the finalists and judges selected for NSIN Hacks Power Play: Electrifying Operations on the Edge. The distinguished judges will award a $45,000 pot, split between three winning teams, to the best solutions to modernize Department of Defense (DoD) energy storage capabilities during a live pitch on Nov. 10


NOV. 9, 2021, 2 p.m. EST (Virtual)

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. 10, 2021, noon EST (Virtual)

Register now for the NSIN Hacks Power Play pitch competition. Finalists will present solutions to make electronics and field equipment more efficient for military energy availability on operating bases, remote installations, and conflict zones. 

NOV. 10, 2021, 4 p.m. EST (Virtual)

Learn about full-time employment and internship opportunities available in the DoD innovation network through the NSIN Hirethon and X-Force programs.

NOV. 12, 2021

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.

NOV. 14, 2021

The NSIN Vector application deadline is now Nov. 14. Teams of prior NSIN-programs (X-Force Fellowship, Hacking for Defense, Hacks) are invited and encouraged to apply for the spring 2022 cohort.


MEDIA: Bev Seay has been named to Florida 500, a list of the most influential business leaders in the state developed from a year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend magazine. Read Bev’s nomination here.

MEDIA: Students in NSIN’s Hacking for Defense (H4D) course at Stanford solved real-world national security problems. One all-female team in the course built cybersecurity software for the DoD and is now pursuing venture capital funding.

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: The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) will formally open its fifth and newest office in Chicago, Illinois, in 2022, as part of a broader effort to increase its reach to commercial companies in the Midwest.

NEWS: Discover Department of the Air Force Science and Technology (S&T) events, S&T funding opportunities, and S&T websites to connect with its air and space ecosystems.

NOV. 9, 2021,  7 a.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Network with innovators from organizations across the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to share best practices, discover solutions, and collaborate on future opportunities.

NOV. 15 - 17, 2021 (Virtual)

EVENT: The Small Business Administration (SBA)’s inaugural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit is curated to connect new and thriving entrepreneurial support organizations working with startups and small businesses, particularly those serving underrepresented communities, that are trying to build out and commercialize their technologies.

NOV. 16 - 19, 2021 (Virtual)

EVENT: Help solve cyber security, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and digital engineering challenges for the Navy. Participants can win a total of $90,000 by competing in three different technology tracks.


The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) seeks data visualization tools that can support commanders in space operation centers or battlefield environments. Solutions may result in the award of an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for a prototype, which can develop into a follow-on production contract. Submissions are due Nov. 18.

Submit a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I proposal to develop energy conversion technology for power-beaming systems, which are compatible with airborne platforms in challenging environments, to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) by Nov. 30.

Startups in technology areas such as artificial intelligence, energy, medical devices, robotics, and semiconductors can apply for up to $2 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I programs from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s America’s Seed Fund. Submissions are due Dec. 2.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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