AFWERX Vegas 2019 Fusion Xperience to Focus on U.S. Air Force Multi-Domain Operations July 23-24

Mark Rowland, Innovation Actualizer at AFWERX Vegas, speaks to a crowd of attendees at the AFWERX Fusion Xperience event in June 2018. AFWERX Vegas provides a hub for innovators dedicated to making creative fixes for the Air Force’s toughest challenges. PHOTO: U.S. Air Force Airman Bailee A. Darbasie

Mark Rowland, Innovation Actualizer at AFWERX Vegas, speaks to a crowd of attendees at the AFWERX Fusion Xperience event in June 2018. AFWERX Vegas provides a hub for innovators dedicated to making creative fixes for the Air Force’s toughest challenges. PHOTO: U.S. Air Force Airman Bailee A. Darbasie

Building on the momentum of a successful collaborative-design workshop and crowd-sourced challenge focused on Multi-Domain Operations (MDO), the AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub will host hundreds of problem-solving technologists, military leaders, business representatives, contracting officials, investors, and more at the 2019 Fusion Xperience July 23-24, 2019 at the Enclave event center, 5810 South Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, Nev. 89119.

“The AFWERX Fusion Xperience is an annual event that focuses on solving real U.S. Air Force problems in a 6- to 18-month window, using Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products and services that have military applications—often, from non-traditional vendors who may otherwise lack access to or familiarity with military partners,” says AFWERX Vegas Innovation Actualizer Mark Rowland. “We bring all the necessary ideas, people, and funds together under one virtual roof. AFWERX Vegas is a place where the U.S. Air Force comes to do deals.”

AFWERX Vegas is a place where the U.S. Air Force comes to do deals.
— AFWERX Vegas Innovation Actualizer Mark Rowland

Last year’s Fusion Xperience event focused on perimeter security technologies and trends. This year’s focus is Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)—part of a U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense priority to optimize and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the US and its Allies’ integrated operations in the areas of air, space, land, sea, cyber and the electromagnetic spectrum.

The challenge goal also includes how to resolve complicating factors, such as how verified data can be shared and correlated across multiple security levels, as well as geographic and military service boundaries. The innovative solutions uncovered in this challenge will provide ways for data to be available to all relevant users, and turned into coordinated action in a timely manner.

The 2019 event will feature keynote speakers and panelists from industry, government, academia, and the military. Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson, a frequent visitor to AFWERX Vegas hub, will be a featured speaker. Attendees from AFWERX partners at nearby Creech and Nellis Air Force Bases, other U.S. branches and allied militaries, as well as the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are also anticipated.

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To learn more about AFWERX challenge on Multi-Domain Operations, visit: www.AFWERXchallenge.com/mdo

Through various funding streams, including the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research (SIBR) program, AFWERX Fusion Xperience participants will potentially lock-in partners and money toward prototyping, as well as toward enterprise-wide implementation across the Air Force. In the last 12 months alone, AFWERX Vegas has handed out over $10 million in prototype funding to support AFWERX Challenge.

“The crowdsourced AFWERX Challenge process is unique, in that it brings together non-traditional businesses to address specific Air Force problems, while also offering fast access to non-dilutive capital, ” says Lt. Col. Randy “Laz” Gordon, test and evaluation lead for AFWERX Vegas. “It’s not an incubator, in the sense that it doesn’t rely on physical co-location or membership. And it’s not a winner-take-all, XPRIZE-style competition. Instead, every business that attends AFWERX Fusion Xperience is a ‘winner’—because everything and everyone is here, ready to take their products to the next level.”

[...] every business that attends AFWERX Fusion Xperience is a ‘winner’—because everything and everyone is here, ready to take their products to the next level.
— AFWERX Test and Evaluation Lead Randy "Laz" Gordon

To register for the event and learn more about the 2019 Fusion Xperience, visit: www.afwerxfusion.com

The AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub was started in 2017, and is funded by the U.S. Air Force to support outreach to the business and academic communities. The location is one of three AFWERX hubs—the others are in Austin, Texas and the District of Columbia. Each serves as a nexus for generating and hosting activities—whether on-site, online, or on-base—focused on delivering design solutions to Air Force problems faster, more effectively, and more efficiently than in the past.

As envisioned by U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in 2017, AFWERX is intended to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces in an “outside the fence” environment, through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject-matter experts. The world is changing quickly—new technologies, new threats, and new opportunities.

To learn more about AFWERX, visit: www.afwerx.af.mil

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AFWERX taps into the power of creativity and empowers intentional innovation that unleashes emergent approaches for the warfighter through a community of intrapreneurs, industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors. AFWERX has the ability "to bring together our nation’s best and brightest to collaborate, innovate, fabricate, and present accelerated results to the United States Air Force to better serve our No. 1 customer: the warfighter and operators in the Air Force."