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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Sept. 26, 2022
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Haptx, a maker of data gloves for virtual reality (VR), has raised $23 million to accelerate the development of immersive experiences in VR to help the DoD and private sector train workforces and design products beyond hand touch technology. The technology relies on skin displacement rather than vibration, giving users the feeling of genuine touch when operating machines or building a prototype virtually.  
Tomahawk Robotics provides the warfighter unified control of multiple unmanned systems through its artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled robotic control solution. The technology integrates joint-DoD systems alongside emerging autonomous platforms that will bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of joint operations. The team’s contract with the Marine Corps will bring six additional systems and multiple ground radios into Tomahawk’s joint ecosystem. 


SEPT. 27-29, 2022 (Virtual)

Connect with entrepreneurs, government, and industry leaders in Austin, Texas, to collaborate on dual-use solutions that put commercial technology in the hands of the DoD. On Sept. 27, NSIN, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC), and Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) will host a roundtable of venture capital, DoD innovation leads, and dual-use founders to build stronger partnerships around priorities in energy, autonomy, and space.
National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL

SEPT. 28, 2022 (In-person)

By Invitation Only

NSIN Propel enables applications of emerging dual-use technology for commercial, federal, and defense markets. The event will feature remarks from Brig. Gen. John P. Cogbill, Deputy Director Operations Fires and Effects, J-3, U.S. Central Command, and Cmrd. Susan Kilrain, a renowned astronaut with a distinguished career as a Navy test pilot and aerospace engineer.


During its first year in Seattle, the Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) has opened doors for the Pacific Northwest’s emerging technologies, startups and ventures, and academic communities to the DoD. Co-founded by NSIN, the MAC will continue to facilitate interactions with the government and enable small businesses to learn how to effectively do business with the DoD.
University of Central Florida (UCF) engineering and photonics students worked with the military this summer through the NSIN X-Force Fellowship to solve real-world national security issues. The students helped engineer innovative solutions such as delivering power to drones flying in inclement weather, developing exoskeleton capabilities for warfighters, and utilizing light to detect radiofrequency waves.  
NSIN Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay will receive the Service to the Flag Award at the 2022 Women in Defense (WID) National Conference on Sept. 27, recognizing her leadership in U.S. national security.  
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


Army xTech awards emerging technology that can help solve Army challenges. Apply for two new xTech competitions below to accelerate your venture with the DoD:
An opportunity for entrepreneurs with advanced manufacturing technologies to pitch their ideas for solving defense manufacturing challenges. Winning companies will receive part of a $445,000 prize pool and may participate in the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference. Submissions are due Oct. 14.
Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students will pitch innovative concepts and technologies to help the Army solve challenges in areas such as climate change, health, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Students can receive part of a $65,000 prize pool and may have an opportunity to develop a prototype or seek a patent for their winning solutions. Submissions are due Oct. 31.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify funding across the defense innovation space.


SEPT. 30, 2022 (In-person)

Submit innovative technologies, unique resourcing strategies, or any other transformative capability that has the potential to make maintenance and sustainment more agile and affordable to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense-Materiel Readiness. The winner will receive $50,000 to continue developing their solution. 

SEPT. 30, 2022 (Submission deadline)

Submit your research on the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery (HADR) problems to be featured at the NeurIPS 2022 workshop. Submissions should have clear practical applications such as search and rescue robotics, computer vision for damage assessment, motion planning in obstructed roads, responses to COVID-19, and disinformation management on social media. 

OCT. 13, 2022 (In-person)

Massachusetts companies with dual-use aerospace and defense technologies interested in SBIR award opportunities can receive up to $20,000 for their innovations at the Northstar Campus Pitch Day on Oct. 13. 

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. 

DEC. 18, 2022 (Submission deadline)

The National Security Agency's (NSA) Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HotSoS) is accepting already published research papers, works in progress papers, and poster/demo abstracts for its virtual symposium April 3-5, 2023. HotSoS seeks to engage researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from government, industry, and academia focused on advances in cybersecurity and privacy. Participants will have networking and mentoring opportunities with NSA researchers to advance their scientific research careers. The submission deadline is Dec.18, 2022.
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