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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Sept. 12, 2022
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Join NSIN for three events during DefenseScoop’s Defense Tech Week:  

SEPT. 13, 2022

9:30am ET

Discover DoD solutions for delivering autonomous assets to warfighters in contested environments. Our esteemed panel will discuss the DoD's Operational Trust in Mission Autonomy (OPTIMA) initiative, its progress over the last nine months, and future efforts. Panelists include: Dr. Jaret Riddick, Principal Director for Autonomy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)); Kedar Pavgi, National Capital Regional Director at NSIN; and Lauren Bedula, Managing Director at Beacon Global Strategies. 

12:15pm ET

Abi Desjardins, Director of NSIN’s Acceleration Portfolio, will discuss how technology designed for commercial and military purposes continues to be the foundational strategy in leveraging private sector innovation for the public good. Panelists include: Ellen Chang, Vice President of Ventures at BMNT; Kevin Landtroop, Chief Growth Officer at Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Advisors; and moderator Natasha Ahmed, Founder of FemmeTech Network. 

SEPT. 14, 2022

2pm ET

The top six teams of entrepreneurs from the 2022 NSIN Foundry cohort will pitch cutting-edge federal inventions to solve real-world challenges in the military and the private sector. The teams will compete for part of a $50,000 prize to continue commercializing the federal lab technology. 


Project OWL helps people stay connected and communicate in the toughest environments. Project OWL’s technology allows the Army to communicate when connectivity is unreliable or unavailable. The technology fits into a handheld device for a soldier’s kit or a sensor used for perimeter security.  
Armaments Research Company (ARC) uses its artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to provide real-time data from sensors to shooters, improving decision-making and performance. The Army selected ARC’s platform to monitor and report data on the health and readiness of rifles.  
Dynepic, a women- and veteran-founded company, develops immersive training technology to make it easier for organizations to increase and organize knowledge. The team signed a $1.7 million Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) contract to implement its platform and bring virtual reality (VR) learning to the Air Force.  
Otolith Labs is making life better for millions of people by innovating the first medical wearable to treat chronic vertigo. The team recently closed on a $20 million Series A financing round by Morningside Ventures, building on prior investments from businessman Mark Cuban and leading ear, nose, and throat physicians.  
Kall Morris Inc. (KMI) is making space exploration safe and clean with its technology to clear orbital debris. The team recently received three study contracts for debris-cleanup technologies under the Space Force’s Orbital Prime program.  


Students Experience Careers in National Security 

University students participating in NSIN and DoD mission partner programs describe their experiences working with the military and how the programs affected their careers. Hear from the students directly in the videos below.  
Students enrolled in the NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) course at Notre Dame brought a fresh approach to challenges faced by Pentagon senior leaders. 
Students from Harris-Stowe State University spent four weeks immersed with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to learn about career fields in geospatial intelligence and to build meaningful relationships with NGA.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students enrolled in NSIN’s Hacking for Defense (H4D) course this fall are creating solutions with the Army to help land helicopters safely in urban areas and improve medevacs.  
Acquisition teams from Hanscom Air Force Base, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, and other DoD organizations are working togethering via the NSIN Bootcamp program. The collaboration explores potential approaches for existing problems to military acquisition challenges, captures best practices, and identifies acquisition strategies for the DoD.
Patrick Reynolds, NSIN University Program Director at Georgia Tech, discusses on the Atlanta Startup Podcast how the DoD is partnering with ventures in Atlanta and some of the misconceptions about working with the DoD.


SEPT. 21, 2022 (Virtual)

The 250 companies participating in MassChallenge's 2022 Startup Accelerator will demonstrate technologies for advancing innovation in commercial and military communities. Save the date for the NSIN-sponsored event to see how these entrepreneurs are developing next-generation solutions.

Service Members and Government Civilians Only

Service members of all ranks and branches are invited to submit solutions through NSIN Source to help the Army identify current challenges limiting technological breakthroughs of biochemical agent sensors and high-fidelity environmental awareness. The winner will act as a transition partner, engaging with the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Environmental Chemistry Program Manager to develop their technology into a potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) topic. The submission deadline is Sept. 23.
National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL

SEPT. 28, 2022 (In-person)

By Invitation Only

NSIN Propel enables next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for government and defense. The Demo Day is an invitation-only event. To register, please contact
National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL

OCT. 5, 2022 (Virtual)

Teams of NSIN alumni will pitch their dual-use technologies for a chance to receive $25,000 and continue to develop their solutions for commercial and military markets. Venture solutions vary from software applications and hypersonics, to novel-heat exchange and wearable ultrasound technologies.

Access the power of NSIN to tackle the toughest DoD challenges.

NSIN Problem Intake Form


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for molecular and biological solutions to DoD operational challenges that exist in extreme cold weather with ice formation and downstream effects of that formation. Solutions are due Nov. 8.  

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


Demo Day: VR/AR, Zero Trust, and Hybrid Edge Capabilities

OCT. 12-13, 2022 (In-person)

Join DoD program offices, entrepreneurs, and investors at the Hanscom Collaboration & Innovation Center’s Light the Lantern Demo Day. Ventures will showcase innovations for national security such as virtual reality/artificial reality (VR/AR), zero trust, and hybrid edge technologies.
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OCT. 24-26, 2022 (In-person)

Technologists and engineers from across the Pacific will collaborate with government officials, investors, prime contractors, federal SBIR/STTR program representatives, and other supporting agencies at this year’s conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Entrepreneurs will have opportunities to connect with potential customers, learn about America’s Seed Fund (SBIR/STTR programs), and discover how to best leverage new funding and tech commercialization opportunities at federal agencies. 

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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.  
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