event | 17 September 2021

Get an Inside Look at Defense Innovation at FedSuperNova

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Join us for an exciting and eye-opening day as we introduce you to DIU's mission and vision for pushing the edge of defense possibilities. Register Here

  • Date: September 28, 2021

  • Time: 11: 45am-5:00pm CT

Capital Factory’s “FedSuperNova”  brings entrepreneurs, government, and industry together in one place to bridge the Valley of Death between commercial technology and DoD programs. 

On September 28, 2021, Defense Innovation Unit and our partners will be hosting a 7 part track to feature efforts to strengthen the national security innovation base. 

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. 

Join us for an exciting and eye-opening day as we introduce you to DIU's mission and vision for pushing the edge of defense possibilities.

Missed the DIU Discussions at FedSuperNova? You can watch the replay here Watch Fed Supernova on Youtube


Schedule

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM CDT

Why Fed Supernova?

 Voltron, 1st Floor


12:10 PM - 12:20 PM CDT

Defense Innovation Unit Welcome Message and Overview

 Devvie, 1st Floor (Virtual)

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. 

Join us for an exciting and eye-opening day as we introduce you to DIU's mission and vision for pushing the edge of defense possibilities.

Speakers

Andrea Castillon

DIU, Austin City Lead 


12:20 PM - 12:45 PM CDT

Fireside Chat: SECDEF Innovation Priorities

 Devvie, 1st Floor (Virtual)

"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. 

Join 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."

Speakers 

Ms. Heidi Shyu

DoD, Under Secretary of Research and Engineering

Mike Brown

DIU, Director


12:45 PM - 1:10 PM CDT

DoDX Ecosystem Counter-Intelligence Brief: The Threat Walks Among Us

 Devvie, 1st Floor (Virtual)

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. 

Speakers

David Rader

DoD, Deputy Director

Katherine Koleski

DIU, Program Analyst


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Powering Our Future: Our Greatest Challenge and Greatest Opportunity

 ACL, 16th Floor

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.

Speakers

Jonathan Villasenor

US Army, Maneuver Chief, Maneuver, Aviation, Soldier, Lethality Robotics Division, FID, FCC, AFC

Doug French

DIU, Program Manager

Lee Robinson

DIU, Advanced Energy & Materials Portfolio


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

National Security Innovation Investment: Get Capabilities to Market Faster

 Devvie, 1st Floor (Virtual

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.

Speakers

Tex Schenkkan

NSIC, Director

Abigail Desjardins

NSIN, Acceleration Portfolio Director


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

Artificial Intelligence: Innovation at the Speed of Trust

 Devvie, 1st Floor (Virtual)

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.

Speakers

John Stockton

Quantifind, Co-founder

Carol Smith

Carnegie Mellon University, Senior Research Scientist

Bryce Goodman

Program Manager


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

Building a Capable and Trusted Drone Ecosystem for the US and Our Partners

 Devvie, 1st Floor (Virtual)

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!

Speakers

Sean Anderson

DIU, Project Manager

Joel Castillo

Office of Secretary of Defense (A&S), Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Robotic Autonomous Systems

Jenny Laird

US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Research Biologist

Andrew Musto

DIU, Deputy Director, Autonomy

Jason Kirkpatrick

US Army Corps of Engineers, Program Manager


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

Scaling Success: Building The Future We Were Promised

 ACL, 16th Floor

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!

Speakers

MG Tracy Norris

Texas National Guard, Adjutant General

Evan Loomis

ICON, Co-Founder

Brian Stevens

TMD CFMO, Director, Plans, Programs, and Innovation

Alex Goldberg

DIU, DIU Southwest Region Engagement lead