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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 15, 2023
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This semester, NSIN students at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa worked with the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division to deliver solutions for the warfighter. Two of the student projects have been selected for additional funding and development, including a set of standard operating procedures that will allow warfighters to access behavioral telehealth appointments while stationed abroad and a flight scheduling system meant to streamline a process that currently relies on spreadsheets.


MAY 16, 2023

Attend the 2023 Lantern Symposium at Hanscom Air Force Base for an opportunity to connect with local innovation leaders and discover opportunities for regional collaboration. Participating organizations include NSIN, DIU, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Grant Fox, NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for New York City, moderated a Defense Innovation Roundtable on technology transfer during an activation ceremony for the newly formed Marine Innovation Unit (MIU). The MIU is an all-volunteer unit of Marine Reservists providing the Marine Corps with technology adoption and transformation expertise.


StrongArm improves workplace safety and employee health with its wearable technology that prevents workplace injuries by tracking improper lifting, excessive heat, misuse of tools, and more to provide insights to managers and warfighters in real-time. StrongArm’s leadership, brand, and products will remain under the new support of the acquiring private equity firm.  

NSIN alumna Jada Howard was awarded the Thomas I. Atkinson Social Justice Scholarship from Northeastern University for her work with first-generation and low-income students. She was also inducted into the Huntington 100, which celebrates the achievements of the 100 most influential students at Northeastern.

necoTECH improves the resiliency of military operations with its Hot Patch On Demand (HOTPOD) robotic system that rapidly repairs runways on base with durable hot asphalt. With the three AFWERX Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts, the company will expand the use of its HOTPOD technology to additional Air Force bases.

NSIN Presents: SynGen Challenge


JUNE 1, 2023

The application deadline for the NGA SynGen Challenge has been extended to Thursday, June 1. Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000. 


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.

JUNE 20, 2023

Software innovators with tools for assessing configuration settings to improve interoperability during distributed training may be awarded part of a $100,000 prize purse by Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Submissions are due June 20, 2023.


The DoD released its 2023 National Defense Science & Technology Strategy. The National Defense Strategy’s aim is to create an enduring military advantage over near-peer competitors and serve as a guide for the DoD’s S&T activities, investments, and partnerships. 

CrunchBase shared a rundown of the defense investment landscape, including which companies are giving and receiving the lion's share of venture capital in the defense sector.


MAY 15-18 and JUNE 13-14, 2023

Join DIU, the U.S. Space Force (USSF), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for a series of workshops to assess the space industrial base. Insights from the workshops will be used to create feedback for the Administration, the National Space Council, senior policymakers, Congress, and the broader commercial space ecosystem. 

MAY 19, 2023

Innovators with technology in artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy, combat and tactical vehicle electrification, and swarm-capable robotics may submit their solutions for the opportunity to take part in the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) and help inform capability gaps in existing Army requirements. 

MAY 22-23, 2023

Join the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to learn about government requirements and priorities, upcoming business opportunities, and the landscape of the cyber defense industrial base during this collaboration event for government, private industry, and academia.

MAY 31- JUNE 1, 2023

Members of the intelligence community can join the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and representatives from more than 100 companies to engage in discussions about intelligence challenges and innovations that can improve actionable intelligence for the warfighter.

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