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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 6, 2023
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The Below Zero Medicine Tech Exchange, a collaborative project between NSIN, the 673d Medical Group, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Arctic Spark, addressed challenges to providing medical care in freezing temperatures. Participants devised solutions to control the temperature of medication and medical equipment to maintain their efficacy.


NOV. 8, 2023 
Attend the NSIN-sponsored ffVC and GENIUS NY Drones and Robotics AI Summit to hear from leaders who are pushing the field of mechatronics forward and leveraging drones and robotics to improve everything from supply chain management to defense.   

NOV. 10, 2023 
Innovators with solutions to bolster Indian and American binational security may submit their technologies for the opportunity to receive part of $300,000 available in the new DIU and India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) challenges. Submit technologies that enable underwater communication or maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) by Nov. 10.   

Propose Defenes Innovator's Toolkit Curriculum


NOV. 17, 2023 
Ventures interested in bringing university intellectual property (IP) to the federal and commercial markets are invited to apply to join the NSIN Emerge accelerator. Participating ventures will have access to training and mentorship and will receive $20,000 each in non-dilutive funding. 

Propose Defenes Innovator's Toolkit Curriculum

NOV. 17, 2023 
Educational design and curriculum development professionals are invited to submit curriculum proposals that address critical skill gaps in the federal workforce while encouraging students to pursue careers in government. Through this new Defense Innovator’s Toolkit course, students will develop a greater understanding of civilian employee roles within the Department of Defense (DoD), gain valuable experience utilizing innovation tools, and explore professional opportunities in the federal space.

NOV. 29, 2023 
Undergraduate and graduate students may win part of a $90,000 prize pool in the NSIN and xTech Good Vibrations Challenge with innovative algorithms that could help the Army determine whether vehicles pose a threat using terrestrial ground sensors.    


NOV. 8, 2023 
Hear from the U.S. Coast Guard 2003 Cyber Protection Team (CGCYBER) on its role protecting the marine transportation system and an overview of what CGCYBER does and how it interacts with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the DoD. Participants will also gain insights from DIU, NSIN, and the Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation at the GovFuture Forum Silicon Valley event.     

NOV. 15, 2023 
Ventures from the 2023 NSIN Foundry and Forge cohorts will pitch dual-use, defense and commercial solutions they created from federal technologies at an upcoming showcase day. The cohort will also compete for cash prizes as they share the spinout ventures they created in front of an audience of investors, government stakeholders, industry experts, and entrepreneurs.    

NOV. 29, 2023 
Startups will learn how to work with the government from DoD and industry leaders. The event features representatives from DIU and NSIN, and other defense innovation organizations like AFWERX, Army Applications Laboratory, and the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  

DEC. 1, 2023 
See early-stage ventures present the defense applications of their dual-use technologies during the NSIN Propel Boston 2023 Demo Day. The companies will showcase technologies for digital mission engineering, human-machine interfaces, and unmanned systems with the potential to give Special Operations Forces an asymmetric advantage.     


Congratulations to NSIN Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay on her recognition by the editors of Florida Trend as one of Florida's most influential business leaders in 2023. This is Seay’s sixth consecutive appearance in the Florida 500.   

In recognition of the critical role defense innovation has in meeting national security objectives through talent and competition, DIU participated in the ninth installment of the Dragon’s Lair competition co-hosted by the 18th Airborne Corps and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). This "Shark Tank"-style competition, which was designed based on the challenge process implemented by NSIN, gives service members of all ranks a platform to convey their new ideas and concepts to civilian technical experts and senior military leaders.


NSIN alum Aloft, enables industry and government to manage airspace, track unmanned aerial system (UAS) activity, and more with its drone operations management platform. The company won a $500,000 investment at the GENIUS NY Drone Accelerator Pitch Competition to help expand their team.


DEC. 7, 2023 
Innovators with ideas for a Large Language Model Maturity Model (LLM MM) that could be used to assess the applicability of LLM solutions for various use cases and workflows may submit their solutions to the Department of Defense’s Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO) for the opportunity to participate in the Advantage DoD 2024: Defense Data & AI Symposium. Submissions are due Dec. 7.    


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

NOV. 10, 2023

Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) may submit their solutions for autonomy, chemical and biological sciences, and health to xTech for the opportunity to receive part of a $100,000 prize purse and participate in a startup accelerator program.  

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