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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
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Startups with geospatial-intelligence technology discussed opportunities for federal agencies to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives in the geospatial field at the NSIN Presents: Starts NGA Small Business DE&I Showcase last week. The showcase examined how diversity of thought, experience, and background drives innovation for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to help solve national security problems and achieve NGA’s geospatial technology priorities.


FEB. 10, 2022, 10 a.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Join us for an industry expert seminar to hear from defense autonomy leadership, including Mr. Maynard Holliday, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), and Dr. Jaret Riddick, Principal Director of Autonomy at OUSD(R&E). Mr. Holliday and Dr. Riddick will present concepts for new sensors, perception, and intelligence algorithms to generate actionable information for an autonomous vehicle to successfully move through a rugged off-road environment. The Day of Autonomy starts at 10 a.m. EST on Feb. 10 and precedes the live-pitch competition for the NSIN Off the Beaten Path hackathon. Registration is required.


NEWS: Diversity of thought, experience, and background drives innovation and to celebrate Black History Month, NSIN is highlighting the accomplishments of emerging leaders in defense innovation sourced from our own programs. In this week’s feature, we invite you to get to know a few of our alumni.

MEDIA: Students in NSIN’s Hacking for Defense (H4D) course at William & Mary receive college credit to tackle real-world challenges in the DoD and intelligence communities. Issues W&M students are tackling this semester include restructuring the U.S.-U.N. peacekeeping role in a post-Afghanistan environment, designing new policies to increase women in Army Special Operations Forces, and assisting Army Futures in acquiring new technologies.

MEDIA: University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, NSIN, and Hawaiian startups are essential to spurring local innovation and economic development in Hawaiʻi as they partner to solve military problems.

MARCH 5, 2022

EVENT: Advance national security technology innovation on your own time by joining the NSIN Tech Squad. The program matches early-career tech professionals to DoD partners for a part-time volunteer service opportunity. The cohort runs from March-June, and volunteers can expect to spend 5-15 hours per week working on a specific DoD problem. Tech Squad concludes with a presentation day to problem sponsors and industry professionals. 

MARCH 11, 2022

EVENT: Gain access to breakthrough government technology while solving national security problems. NSIN Foundry, formerly the Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA), matches cutting-edge DoD technologies with teams of entrepreneurs, who work closely with lab inventors, mentors, coaches, subject matter experts, and DoD end-users to assess market viability and commercialization potential of lab technology. 

MARCH 13, 2022

EVENT: Applications are now open for NSIN-alumni teams to participate in the NSIN Vector program to develop their solutions into dual-use ventures for clients inside and outside the DoD and compete for $25,000. Vector is open to NSIN alumni from Hacking for Defense (H4D), Hacks, X-Force, Foundry (formerly Defense Innovation Accelerator), and Maker programs. 


FEB. 16, 2022, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: The North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) and the North Carolina Military Business Center will host the first Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Regional Roadshow on Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. NSIN will present at 4:30 p.m.  Innovators, technologists, those interested in understanding and possibly contributing to our national defense, and those already in the innovation ecosystem should attend, as well as current federal contractors seeking innovative partnerships. Registration is free for this virtual event.

MARCH 28, 2022 (In-person)

EVENT: Early-stage startups developing solutions in energy technology can receive resources and mentorship from industry leaders as part of mHUB’s Chicago-based accelerator program. Ventures with technology in renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and sequestration, energy storage, vehicle-to-grid, heat sink, distributed energy resources, sustainable buildings, and the internet of energy are encouraged to apply today.

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Find answers to your Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) cybersecurity and information protection questions every Tuesday during the Department of Air Force (DAF)’s ask-me-anything series. On Feb. 8, DAF will be joined by DoD Platform One Chief Operating Officer, Maj. Camdon Cady, to discuss Platform One and DevSecOps for small businesses.

Thursdays, noon EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Air Force Ventures (AFVentures), under AFWERX, hosts webinars every Thursday to answer your questions about AFVentures SBIR and STTR open topics.

NEWS: Astroscale, one of the ventures participating in SpaceWERX Orbital Prime, is developing a spacecraft that uses magnets to attach to and clean up space debris.

NEWS: NSIN partners at the Naval Postgraduate School explain how the DoD utilizes micro-farming techniques to address the growing national security threat posed by climate change.


The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is seeking solutions for integrating on-premise high performance computing (HPC) assets with cloud-based HPC resources. Other Transaction (OT) agreements awarded for successful prototypes may result in follow-on production contract opportunities. Submissions are due Feb. 14.

SpaceWERX is soliciting proposals for commercial technologies in the emerging on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing market. The Phase I solicitation will award $250,000 in Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards to small businesses and academic institutions that can help combat the increasingly concerning issue of orbital debris. Submissions are due Feb. 17.
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