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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 11, 2024
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Companies, entrepreneurs, researchers, and students discovered how they can impact national security, and how to access government programming and funding at the launch of the newest OnRamp Hub in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the event, the Hub announced an upcoming challenge, the Expeditionary Energy Challenge, to provide the DoD with innovative solutions for highly-conditioned, high-density expeditionary power, for an expeditionary network of space domain awareness telescopes. 


During a recent House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing, DIU Director Doug Beck discussed the DoD programs and initiatives that are accelerating innovative technologies, solutions, and capabilities from research and development to the hands of warfighters.

Thought leaders in the federal IT community heard from Kedar Pavgi, NSIN’s National Capital Region Director and Acting Strategic Engagement Director, as he spoke during the panel, Views from the Top - Lightning Rounds, about how NSIN, DIU, and NSIC act as an on ramp, making entry into the Defense Innovation Base easier for new players. Kedar and his fellow panelists emphasized that existing and emerging cybertechnology can be transformed to meet the DoD’s needs as the department works to counter cyber challenges. 


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. An Ask Me Anything (AMA) session will be held on March 13.


MARCH 18-19, 2024
Innovators interested in emerging technologies can hear from founders and CEOs, government officials, Academy Award winners, and more to learn about tech trends in multiple industries at the eMerge Americas conference in Miami, Florida. NSIN Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay will speak about emerging dual-use technology trends during a panel discussion at the conference.


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.

MARCH 20, 2024
Contractors with advanced data scraping capabilities, innovative methodologies, and the potential to create impactful artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) may submit proposals for the opportunity to participate in the 2024 DLA Hackathon. Proposals must be submitted by March 20, 2024.

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.  


Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III released the FY24 Office of Strategic Capital (OSC) Investment Strategy, which describes how OSC will achieve its mission to attract and scale private capital for national security and identifies priority component-level supply chain technologies for investment.


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. 


MARCH 25, 2024 

Innovators with solutions that could enable small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to operate in environments where the electromagnetic spectrum is contested—where challenges may include jamming, interference, and spoofing—may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to receive a prototype Other Transaction (OT) award.

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