Air Force Leaders & Innovators to Address Sold-Out 2019 AFWERX Fusion Xperience
Las Vegas—More than 1,200 business, military, academic, and investment innovators will share ideas, engage with product demonstrations, and meet with U.S. Air Force leaders on “Commercial, Off-the-Shelf” (“COTS”) product applications at the 2019 AFWERX Fusion Xperience July 23-24 at the 75,000-square-foot Enclave event center.
This year’s Fusion Xperience focuses on Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)—how to optimize how the Air Force “flies, fights, and wins” across its activities in air, space, cyber, land, and sea environments. Earlier this year, a record-breaking 317 business owners, inventors, and others participated in a related online AFWERX Challenge.
Keynote speakers and panelists at the 2019 AFWERX Fusion Xperience will include:
Gen. Stephen Wilson, U.S. Air Force vice chief of staff
Lt. Gen. Jerry D. Harris, U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for plans and programs
Maj. Gen. Michael A. Fantini, U.S. Air Force director of Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC)
Brig. Gen. Angela M. Cadwell, U.S. Air Force, director of cyberspace operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
A sample list of scheduled panel discussions includes:
“Artificial Intelligence Applications In Multi-Domain Operations”
“Future Warfare: Implications and Benefits of Multi-Domain Operations”
“21st Century Information Consumption: Virtual and Augmented Reality”
“Fostering the National Security Innovation Ecosystem with Focused Urgency”
!”Rapid Funding Mechanisms for Small Businesses”
The objective of the annual AFWERX Fusion Xperience is to find opportunities for contracting and collaboration between the Air Force and often smaller “non-traditional” manufacturers and service providers. Such exhibitors may have existing “dual-use” products that could readily be applied to Air Force problems, but may lack familiarity with Air Force research, funding, and acquisitions processes.
“Every year at AFWERX Fusion Xperience, we take as our theme a high-profile, high-concept problem that U.S. Air Force leaders have identified as a service-wide priority. Most likely, that problem set has also been explored via at least one of our previous online AFWERX Challenges and/or exhibitor showcases,” says Mark Rowland, Innovation Actualizer for AFWERX Vegas.
“The event becomes both a celebration, and a slingshot into the next year,” Rowland says. “Our general goal is to help innovators find additional capacities, funding, potential military customers, initial prototype development, and market opportunities in only 12 to 18 months.”
To learn more about AFWERX Challenge, visit: www.afwerxchallenge.com/mdo
In a concurrent Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) Showcase to the 2019 Fusion Xperience, 115 exhibitors from the United States, Europe, and Australia will present their MDO-applicable innovations to audiences of military and civilian leaders, investors, and potential business partners. On the second day of the 2019 Fusion Xperience, up to 30 of those 115 exhibitors will be invited to participate in a special AFWERX Vegas demonstration event next September.
Outside of the MDO problem set, an additional 20 business and military innovators are also attending 2019 Fusion Xperience in search of collaborations leveraging Small Business Innovation Research funds (SBIR). These opportunities also focus on partnering businesses with potential real-world military customers, to provide quick funding to develop prototypes.
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 Innovation 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.
To learn more about AFWERX, visit: www.afwerx.af.mil
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