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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, June 5, 2023
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Startups Share Cutting-Edge Solutions for Navy, Air Force  
NSIN Propel Hawaii Showcase Day

Twelve startups shared their solutions for improving the Navy’s Pacific Fleet’s networks and connectivity, contested logistics, autonomous systems, and disaster response at the NSIN Propel Hawaii Showcase Day. The dual-use ventures pitched to venture capital, commercial startup accelerators, and DoD stakeholders.

Nine startups representing Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones demonstrated their cutting-edge innovations for the Air Force Spark Cells, the DoD, and private industry. 


JUNE 6, 2023
Selected ventures for the NSIN Forge program will work with federal laboratories, mentors, coaches, subject matter experts, and DoD end-users to assess the market viability and commercialization potential of breakthrough defense technologies. Join NSIN for an information session on June 6 to learn more about the application process. Applications close July 2.


IPOZ Systems won $40,000 in the NSIN Starts Naval Tank Inspection competition with their solution to improve Naval tank inspection safety and efficiency. By creating a robotic system to replace human inspectors, IPOZ Systems can move along tank walls and into tight and dangerous spaces to collect photographic and ultrasonic images, determining corrosion levels remotely.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines) graduate, John Barbour, has launched his own software company, CounSil, LLC., around a budget prioritization issue he saw while working with Ellsworth Air Force Base during NSIN’s X-Force and Hacking for Defense programs. Now, CounSil seeks to improve Air Force mission readiness by helping bases meet their needs through optimized spending.

The top 18 teams of computer-programming students at last week’s NSIN-sponsored 2023 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) North America Championship have qualified for the 2023 ICPC World Championship. The North American team will compete against students from over 100 countries in the world championship and will work to solve some of the world’s most challenging programming problems.


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 the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Submissions are due June 20. 

JUNE 29, 2023

Innovators with research supporting autonomous ground and air vehicles, enhancing their operations in open, urban, and cluttered environments may submit their solutions to the U.S. Army’s xTech program for the opportunity to receive part of $500,000 in prizes and be invited to submit an application for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant worth up to $250,000. Submissions are due June 29. 

Innovators with technologies to support joint military offensives may submit their solutions for the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities during the next Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve Event (RDER).  RDER seeks solutions that have demonstrable warfighting utility and which can be quickly transitioned into new systems or approaches.   


JUNE 13 - 14, 2023

Join DIU, AFRL, and the U.S. Space Force (USSF) 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. 

JUNE 14, 2023

Learn from contracting legal experts in the federal government about the data rights and protections afforded to small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs. 

JUNE 16, 2023

Researchers may submit their work on artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision that has applications for humanitarian aid and disaster response (HADR) for the opportunity to be featured in front of leaders in the international computer vision space at the AI+HADR workshop at the International Conference on Computer Vision 2023 in Paris, France. 

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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate two portfolios of programs and services: Talent and Venture. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.   
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