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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 4, 2024
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MARCH 4-7, 2024
Innovators can explore opportunities for collaboration and joint research, development, and experimentation while networking with DoD thought leaders, including those from NSIN and DIU, at the 2024 Pacific Operational Science & Technology (POST) Conference in Honolulu. DIU speaking engagements include a keynote and fireside chat with DIU Director Doug Beck and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) CEO David Norquist. The Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub: Hawaii will also host a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the week’s events. 


MARCH 7, 2024
West Virginia University (WVU) students, faculty, and community members can learn about how they can partner with NSIN to bring their talents and innovations to the defense industrial base. NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for West Virginia Andy Tennant will lead the discussion and answer questions.  

MARCH 8-10, 2024
The SXSW 2024 conference held in Austin, Texas, will bring together leaders from DIU, NSIN, NSIC, and the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hubs to discuss defense priorities and trending technologies that can solve national and global security challenges. With key events, talks, panels with subject matter experts, and the launch of a new joint innovation space at the Capital Factory, this weekend is aimed at helping to cultivate and propel the innovation ecosystem.


Five startups with technologies to enable underwater communication or maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) were named as the winners of the first India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) prize challenges focused on solving binational security issues. DIU and its Indian peer, Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), announced they will open applications for two joint challenges focused on space-based ISR in the coming months.  

Engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) learned how to better collaborate with academia during the Liberty Tech Bridge University Day series. The third installment of the program leveraged resources from NSIN and other DoD organizations to engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSIs) with Navy research programs.


MAY 1, 2024
NSIN, in partnership with the Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG) 194 Communications Squadron, seeks innovative solutions to establish two-way communication during the eruption of Mt. Rainier and other natural disasters. The challenge launch accompanies the launch of the Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub: Washington, a new “open door” to the DoD, where entrepreneurs can learn how to enter the Defense Innovation Base and solve DoD challenges. 


MARCH 18-20, 2024  
Join leaders from industry and the government as they share the latest developments on undersea warfare at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 2024 Undersea Warfare Spring Conference in San Diego, California. Attendees will gain insights on topics including countering submarines and mine threats and power projection from the sea.

MAY 7-8, 2024
Artificial intelligence (AI) experts and enthusiasts will learn about the latest emerging AI technologies at the Special Competitive Studies Project AI Expo for National Competitiveness in Washington, D.C.  


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

MARCH 11, 2024

Innovators with solutions to improve energy and water efficiency across DoD infrastructure and reduce ongoing maintenance may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to receive a prototype Other Transaction (OT) award. 

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