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March 2019

How the Army is Innovating into the Future

March 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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The Army's modernization strategy has one focus: win our Nation's wars, then bring our soldiers home safely. The establishment of Army Futures Command marks one of the most significant Army reorganization efforts since 1973. Join us for a conversation with Army Futures Command stakeholders to discuss how their new relationship with the startup community is changing the face of battle as we know it.

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Who Will Lead in the Race for AI in Defense?

March 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Fairmont, 101 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Speakers include Elsa Kania, China/Mil expert with Center for a New American Security; Chris Shank, Director, Strategic Capabilities Office, OSD; and Wendy Anderson, GM for Defense and National Security, SparkCognition. “Who rules AI will rule the world.” So said Vladimir Putin in a 2017 speech to Russian students. He’s not the only one who believes this; nations around the world, from China to the U.A.E. to the U.S., are racing to be the leader in artificial intelligence research and technology,…

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Gamification of Education and Training in the USAF

March 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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The quality of the U.S. Air Force’s training programs provides a competitive advantage that distinguishes us from our adversaries, but we must continue to evolve. Application of gamification to training programs presents an opportunity to leverage the learning style of America’s youth to create a more immersive and impactful training environment. Further study and investment in gamification of education and training will allow us to prepare our airmen more efficiently and effectively.

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TDIF Sponsor Breakfast at SXSW 2019

March 11 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Aquila Commercial, 1717 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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This event is invitation-only. Texas Defense Innovation Forum is proud to host our initial sponsors, members, and partners to a breakfast reception hosted by founding member Aquila Commercial.  Enjoy breakfast tacos and conversation with military, industry, and ecosystem VIPs.  We will also feature promising innovators from the university and startup communities here in Austin, TX! Free Parking Provided!  Enter the Hartland Plaza garage on Campbell street between 5th and 6th Streets and take a ticket. Validation will be provided for parking…

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Reimagining Public and Private Partnerships

March 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fleming’s, 320 E. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Speakers include GEN Mike Murray, Commander, Army Futures Command, and John Sharp, Chancellor, Texas A&M University System. Traditional institutions such as higher education and the military are facing similar challenges as they strive to meet their missions. Driven by the need to modernize and deliver efficiencies, partnership models are adjusting to accommodate burgeoning startups and tech companies. Join this session to learn how these institutions are innovating for the future with these new partners in developing technology that will not…

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Safeguarding The Crown Jewels of U.S. Innovation

March 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Speakers include Michael Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU); Bobby Chesney, Professor of National Security Law, UT School of Law; and Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, White House. In an era of great power competition, U.S. national security depends on the military having access to commercial innovation. The line between commercial vs. military technology is blurring rapidly as investment in commercial R&D outpaces investment in defense R&D by a factor of 3x-5x. Learn how the government…

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The Future of AI: Accelerating Innovation

March 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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The Innovation Ecosystem within the government has gotten a makeover due to new partnerships within the startup and academic community. Join us for a conversation with ecosystem stakeholders to discuss the impact of, and use cases for, artificial intelligence (AI).

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New Minds, New Innovation

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Speakers:  MG Maria Gervais, Director, Synthetic Training Environment CFT; Lisa Porter, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Kimberly Sablon, Director for Science & Technology, Army Futures Command. Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan said “Women have served in the defense of this land for years before our United States was born. They have contributed their talents, skills and courage to this endeavor for more than two centuries with an astounding record of achievement that stretches from Lexington and Concord to the…

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The ABC’s of Securing a Government Contract

March 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Speakers include LTG Paul Ostrowski, Principal Military Deputy (PMILDEP) to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. Working with the government can mean lots of money for startups, but what comes with those high-dollar contracts? Join 3 entrepreneurs who successfully pitched to and secured a contract with a branch in the US military. In this panel, you will learn how to best position your startup to partner with the military, what landmines to avoid in the process,…

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American Innovation Revives the DoD

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Major technology trends such as drones, AI, VR, and blockchain that affect our national security will continue to emerge from private industry innovators, and the Department of Defense increasingly needs to compete. Learn how the DoD is working within the startup community to make better investments in bleeding edge technology.

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