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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, June 27, 2022
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NSIN alumni represented 70% of the winning teams at the Army xTechSearch 6 Challenge—an opportunity for small businesses to collaborate with the Army to tackle critical modernization challenges. Each team won $45,000 and qualified to apply for an exclusive Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award of up to $250,000. Meet the winning NSIN alumni:
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: Vision-based inventory management.

Macro-Eyes helps organizations utilize artificial intelligence to solve problems and optimize operations. The team provides accurate and actionable insights into data through machine learning that can improve decisions such as prioritizing, allocating, and targeting organizational resources.
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: Extending performance of attritable radars in contested environments.

Imsar makes radar technology more accessible and more affordable for military and commercial organizations. The team develops radar systems capable of increasing ranges in all-weather imaging, monitoring, and searching, while decreasing the size and weight of devices.
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: Smart shirt for wound detection (shot, shrapnel, cut, burn) integrated with Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) and Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit (BATDOK).

Legionarius improves lifesaving care for humans in high-risk environments by reducing emergency response time. The team creates performance garments with sensor technology that provides emergency signaling, remote triage, and autonomous treatment to humans injured in scenarios such as combat, sport, or industrial operations.
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: Quantum resilient cybersecurity for the Army.

QuSecure provides organizations with network safety against quantum threats. The team produces quantum security and communication technologies capable of securing commercial and government computers. In addition, QuSecure recently participated in the NSIN-sponsored Catalyst Accelerator Hybrid Data Cohort.
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: Solid-state technology to power next-generation Army heavy machinery.

RISE Robotics saves organizations money and energy with its electro-mechanical alternative to hydraulics, reducing manufacturing costs. The team’s zero-emission technology extends the lifecycle of commercial and military equipment and reduces the usage of harmful chemicals while delivering more power than hydraulic machines.
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: Connecting untethered soldiers around the globe.

Somewear Labs helps keep people safe and in touch while operating or exploring remote environments beyond cellular connectivity. The team creates secure satellite-enabled platforms that pair with modern digital devices, solving communication capabilities in any location.
xTechSearch 6 Winning Technology: AI/ML at the tactical edge.

Tomahawk Robotics makes it easier to operate unmanned systems with its artificial intelligence that combines a complex set of robotic controls for different devices into a singular control platform. The team’s software can integrate across joint-DoD systems and accommodate most emerging autonomous platforms in all combat environments.


NSIN’s FY21 Year in Review annual report earned three honors at the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2022 Communicator Awards. NSIN received the highest honors for best government annual report, overall design, and copywriting for corporate communications.

South Dakota Mines Program Director Jason Combs explains how NSIN is tapping into the talent and skill sets of students at the university to help solve national security problems.

Listen to the recording of Luke Schleusener, co-founder of Out in National Security. Schleusener spoke with NSIN alumni and mission partners during NSIN’s Diversity Unlocks Innovation Pride Month Speaker Series.


JULY 13, 2022 (Virtual)

Cutting-edge companies from top research universities will demonstrate commercialized intellectual property ready for dual-use markets at the NSIN Emerge Accelerator Showcase Day. The ventures worked on various technologies with important government applications, including energy and environmental tech, cybersecurity and analytics, digital optimization, health-tech, and communication and sensing under challenging environments.

NEW AUG. 1, 2022 (In-person)

Companies with technologies to lower corrosion repair costs for the Navy by solving challenges for the aging infrastructure of the Navy’s land-based bulk water and fuel storage tanks can receive prize money and potential follow-on opportunities in this NSIN Starts pitch competition. A prize pool of $500,000 will be awarded to the top-four companies at a live demonstration in Southern California, with first place receiving $200,000. Applications are due Aug. 1

AUG. 11, 2022 (Hybrid)

Midwest ventures, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in doing business with the DoD can learn more about funding opportunities and meet with companies already expanding into defense markets at NSIN’s Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium.


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


JULY 25, 2022 (Virtual)

Companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of cloud hybrid data architectures and data strategies for the Air Force will demonstrate their concepts to potential partners at the DoD.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is taking national security innovation on the road August to December 2022 with six regional events held at leading research and development universities. The DARPA Forward events will connect agency leaders with new communities of talent and partnerships with the ultimate goal of energizing regional and national innovation ecosystems, fuel breakthroughs in national security, and help deliver U.S. technological advantage. The first event is August 30-31 at Colorado State University.
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