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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 20, 2023
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The next NSIN Newsletter will be Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.


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. 24, 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 the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) challenges. Submit technologies that enable underwater communication or maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) by Nov. 24.

JAN. 31, 2024
Applications are now open for university students to apply for the 2024 X-Force Fellowship program. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders next summer on real-world DoD challenges, participate in professional development opportunities, and build a portfolio using their skills for national security solutions. Apply by Jan. 31, 2024. 


NOV. 28 - DEC. 1, 2023 
NSIN and DIU will showcase program overviews and engage with commercial and defense mission partners at the annual I/ITSEC conference in Orlando, Florida. Attendees are invited to interact with leaders from NSIN and from DIU’s Human Systems portfolio. Attendees will also be able to see commercial vendor exhibits displaying current DIU and NSIN prototypes at booths 2818, 3772, 1460, 2326, 3389, and 1413.

NOV. 29, 2023 
Attention students attending I/ITSEC: If you are interested in working in engineering, modeling, simulation, or training, register for the I/ITSEC Career Fair. Prospective employers at I/ITSEC will have access to your information and may contact you for an interview. You will also be able to connect and interview with those employers directly during the scheduled Career Fair hours. Register by Nov. 29.

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.     


NSIN Capstone students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) worked with the U.S. Army Reserve to create an app that helps soldiers complete essential administrative paperwork more quickly and easily. The app replaces a system of manually-filled forms, allowing soldiers who balance military and civilian responsibilities more time to get back to their lives.


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. 30, 2023

Innovators with technologies for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), autonomy, climate and clean tech, contested logistics and sustainment, immersives and wearables, and sensors may submit their solutions to the U.S. Army’s xTechSearch 8 for the opportunity to win part of $800,000 and the chance to submit for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award of up to $250,000. Submissions are due Nov. 30, 2023.

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