In case you missed it, you can watch the entire event here or you can watch the individual panel discussions by clicking below!
DIU, Austin City Lead
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is the only Department of Defense organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military. We're a fast-moving team that contracts with commercial companies to help solve critical national security problems — together.
Watch the Fireside Chat: SECDEF Innovation Priorities
DoD, Under Secretary of Research and Engineering
"Build Back Better" is President Biden’s three-part agenda to rescue, recover, and rebuild the economy. This agenda embraces a whole of government approach and the Department of Defense will play a significant role, not only in maintaining a strong national security but as an economic enabler.
Watch this session to learn how the Department of Defense will defend the United States guided by three priorities; defending the nation, taking care of people, and succeeding through teamwork. Creating opportunities for new-to-government companies to take advantage of its resources will play a major part in the Department’s plans and during this conversation you will receive behind-the-scenes insights from leadership within the Office of the Secretary of Defense as they discuss administration and defense priorities.
DoD, Deputy Director
DIU, Program Analyst
Economic uncertainty doesn’t stop innovation, but it has made it more difficult for early-stage companies to secure the funding they need to grow. In response, some startups and entrepreneurs are turning to investments from foreign rivals, especially China, creating potential security problems for their businesses and for the United States as a whole.
In this session, DIU will examine critical points of entry for bad actors seeking to exploit your companies. You'll learn how to identify “adversarial capital” and protect your company from investors with malicious intent as well as how to stay alert and take proactive measures to secure trusted capital.
US Army, Maneuver Chief, Maneuver, Aviation, Soldier, Lethality Robotics Division, FID, FCC, AFC
DIU, Program Manager
DIU, Advanced Energy & Materials Portfolio
Need Energy? Yep, that's what we thought. Hear from DIU's newest portfolio, Advanced Energy & Materials, which is dedicated to tackling the DoD's growing energy needs. Capital Factory invites you to learn how industry is integrating advancements in energy and materials technology into DoD installations and distributed operations.
NSIN, Acceleration Portfolio Director
Amazon Web Services, Public Startup and VC Leads
Next-gen hardware developers in high-growth industries are hustling to see who can get reliable products to market fast. But, unlike software, hardware has many moving parts that can make it tough to start and scale — especially when you’re also in a race for funding.
Software gets the attention but hardware is still key. Join NSIC, NSIN and AWS for a discussion on how hardware startups uniquely benefit from government funding. Don't miss out on understanding how non-dilutive capital can actually surpass the value of private investment when driving national security innovation.
Watch Panel 4: Artificial Intelligence: Innovation at the Speed of Trust
Carnegie Mellon University, Senior Research Scientist
Artificial intelligence pushes the limits of known possibility. Yet, AI creates unique challenges for public servants as much as philosophers. While countries like China push forward with AI in military applications, democracies like the U.S. are working to balance the game-changing capabilities that AI provides with public concerns about when, how, and why AI-enabled tools are used for the country’s defense.
U.S. leaders are taking these concerns seriously and working diligently to address them. Learn how DIU and others are helping apply the DoD's Ethical Principles for AI to accelerate the adoption of AI for national security while ensuring responsible, lawful use of this promising technology.
DIU, Project Manager
Office of Secretary of Defense (A&S), Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Robotic Autonomous Systems
DIU, Deputy Director, Autonomy
US Army Corps of Engineers, Program Manager
We can promise you one thing: this session won't make you wonder for how long it'll drone on. Capital Factory invites you to learn how DIU facilitates the drone acquisition process. We'll dive into DIU's Blue UAS project, which established trusted small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for broader Department of Defense government partners. Don't miss out on this one!
Watch Panel 6: Scaling Success: Building The Future We Were Promised
Texas National Guard, Adjutant General
TMD CFMO, Director, Plans, Programs, and Innovation
DIU, DIU Southwest Region Engagement lead
DIU's success goes hand-in-hand with startups' successes. By leveraging scaling opportunities from DIU, startups can gain massive payoffs and become the next big thing. Come hear from companies about how they leveraged DIU to go from early stage startup to Unicorn!