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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 7, 2022
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Applications are now open for university students to apply for the 2023 X-Force Fellowship program next summer. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders on real-world DoD challenges, participate in professional development opportunities, and gain experience applying their skills to national security solutions. Apply by Jan. 20, 2023.


SCOUT Space offers solutions to improve the safety and transparency of hardware and software in space. Its technology bolsters autonomous imaging solutions for military and commercial organizations during in-space observations, satellite servicing, space traffic management, and orbital debris detection. SCOUT co-founder and chief technology officer Sergio Gallucci shares insights into the venture, such as how SCOUT’s products promote sustainability.
Anthro Energy provides the DoD and private industry with a power source that allows existing product design to move beyond the limitations of current charging capabilities. By creating batteries that can bend, mold, and form to any device, Anthro’s technology enables customization in industrial design. The team will leverage the new funds to accelerate commercialization of their product for applications in wearables, mobility, and more.


NSIN X-Force alumni Alec Dionne and Maggie Sparling co-authored a publication on U.S. policy toward the Pacific Island nations using research from their X-Force fellowship last summer. During X-Force, Dionne and Sparling worked with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to map Chinese gray zone activities in the Pacific Islands and develop a U.S. strategy in response.


NOV. 15, 2022

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is holding a Pacific Northwest Roadshow at the Mission Acceleration Center (MAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Seattle, Washington. At this event, leaders from DIU and NSIN will provide an overview of their respective missions, give background information on their programmatic and technology focus areas, and share tips on how to engage with them. The event will include an open Q&A session with in-person and online audience members.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
Historically Black College & University (HBCU) students will pitch innovative concepts and technologies to help the Army solve challenges related to climate change, health, and artificial intelligence/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 Nov. 14.
Innovators with commercially-proven hardware and software technology that enables existing generators to provide enhanced energy storage and an intelligent power system may submit their solutions to DIU. Selected innovators may be awarded an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) from DIU with the potential for follow-on contracts. Submissions are due Nov 14.
Innovators working in over 40 topic areas may submit solutions to AFWERX. Many topic areas have multiple topics which accept submissions of varying technical readiness levels (TRLs). Selected proposals are eligible for up to $1.25 million in awards through Direct to Phase II awards. Submissions are due Nov. 22.


NOV. 13, 2022

NSIN Alumni: Contact for information on waiving your 
application fee.

Receive exposure for your venture in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges at the 15th annual SXSW Pitch Competition in Austin, Texas, March 11-12, 2023. Categories include: artificial intelligence, voice, and robotics; enterprise and smart data; entertainment, media, and content; future of work; food, nutrition, and health; innovative world technologies; metaverse and web3; and smart cities, transportation, and sustainability.
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.
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