NSIN Speaking Engagements

Friday, March 10
Fireside Chat with DIU Leadership
11:40 a.m. -12 p.m. CST
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, 8th Floor

Discussion with:

  • COL Aneel “Cramden” Alvarez , Director of Defense Engagement, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
  • Cheryl Ingstad, Managing Director, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

Saturday, March 11
The Future of Tech: It Looks a lot Like Austin
1-2 p.m. CST
Bangers Sausage House
79 Rainey Street

Austin is a hotbed of innovation. From major global enterprises like Dell, Samsung, and AMD to one of the top entrepreneurship ecosystems in the world, some of the most bleeding-edge, deep-tech innovations start here. This panel discussion will bring together the perspectives of large and small businesses, investors, and innovators in technology areas core to the future of Austin and the United States: semiconductors, energy, life sciences, and space tech.


  • Christine Dixon Thiesing, Moderator - Discovery to Impact, UT Austin
  • Cheryl Ingstad, Managing Director, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)
  • Juli Johnston, Global Energy Portfolio Lead - Charging, Tesla
  • John Kozarich, Chairman, Ligand (LGND)
  • John Schreck, CEO, Texas Institute for Electronics (TIE)

Friday, March 10
DIU / NSIN / ACC / VMWARE Hosted DoD Innovation Social
5-7 p.m. CST
Austin Community College
1212 Rio Grande Street

Sunday, March 12

Our partners will convene at Austin Community College on March 12 for a day of panel discussions. For a full list of topics and speakers, see the SXSW Schedule.

Attendees will learn first-hand:

  • How technology integration with our partners and allies is critical before a state of emergency;
  • How DoD can help technology companies achieve recurring revenue;
  • How DoD, academia, and tech companies are building the future of public-private partnerships;
  • How dual-use (commercial and DoD) technologies are being leveraged; and
  • How DoD is building a cloud-native future using the best tech and methodologies from industry.

Capitol Factory Events

Meet up with NSIN and others in the defense innovation community at Capitol Factory House. Every day you will find startup founders, U.S. Army Generals, angel investors, state or federal government officials, entrepreneurs, foreign delegations, venture capitalists, Fortune 500 company executives, and more.

Capitol Factory Event Schedule »

Schedule a meeting with NSIN at SXSW

Contact Francisco Molinero at fmolinero.ctr@nsin.mil to meet NSIN representatives at SXSW and GovTech.

Media Inquiries

For interview requests or general inquiries, please contact media@nsin.mil.