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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
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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.


Are you interested in a career helping secure the nation's most important communications networks in the most extreme moments of national crisis? Attend an NSIN Hirethon information session on Nov. 17 or Nov. 19 with representatives from the U.S. Strategic Command’s Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) enterprise to learn more about current opportunities. Applicants with backgrounds in data science, digital modeling, or cybersecurity are encouraged to apply.


NEWS: Congratulations to the winners of the Power Play hackathon: OptoRelay, eve Vehicles, Arbor Batteries. Each team received $15,000 to develop their solution concepts for modernizing electronics and field equipment for military energy availability on operating bases, remote installations, and conflict zones.

NEWS: NSIN is pleased to welcome Karen Fray as the National Service Portfolio Director. In this role, Fray is responsible for providing flexible pathways to official service within the DoD and creating new opportunities for national service that account for generational and cultural differences between the military, academic, and venture communities.

NEW DEC. 15, 2021

EVENT: The Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) division of the Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) enterprise within the U.S. Strategic Command is looking to hire both recent graduates and dedicated professionals who have training in systems, communications, or network engineering. If you have a background in data science, digital modeling, or cybersecurity, or if you have prior commercial or military experience with NC3-related systems, then SE&I might be the right place for you. 

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. 


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.

Thursdays, noon EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Air Force Ventures (AFVentures) under AFWERX hosts weekly webinars to answer questions about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topics every Thursday at noon EST.


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.

The xView3 Challenge prize competition is identifying 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.
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.

Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
Access the power of NSIN to tackle the toughest DoD challenges. Complete the problem intake form below and discover our network of problem solvers.
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