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Many mind-blowing ideas are being birthed in U.S. startup companies. In order to capture these ideas, the Air Force is working at the speed of innovation; inspiring and accelerating startup creativity toward national security challenges.

The Air Force is working with a cohort of 300+ startup and small businesses that will be participating in the below events. These companies participated in the Air Force’s Open Innovation Topic Phase I.

There are many future opportunities to participate in other Air Force Pitch Days for companies that are not part of this initial co-hort. Those opportunities can be seen in the DoD call for proposals that occur three times a year: https://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/ . To learn more of how to apply to the Air Force’s Open Innovation Topic visit: https://www.afwerx.af.mil/sbir.html

Events

The Air Force SBIR/STTR program is partnering for 12 Air Force Pitch Days thru the end of 2019:

Air Force UAS Pitch Day

Date: July 24, 2019
Location: Burlington, Massachusetts

Seeking Ideas for:

  • UAS payloads to defeat other UAS
  • UAS signature optical, infrared, acoustic, radar identification software
  • UAS avionics open software trust and verification technologies
  • UAS sensing for weather hazard avoidance
  • UAS sensing for characterization of environment conditions wind, hydrology, RF, spectrum
  • UAS sense and avoid technologies for operation in mixed manned/unmanned airspace
  • UAS applications to resilient PNT (mitigation of GPS degradation)
  • Counter swarm technologies
  • Agile technology insertion for UAS
  • Artificial intelligence and decentralized control for UAS swarms

Kessel Run Pitch Day

Date: July 26, 2019
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Security tools and services
  • Edge as a service
  • Enterprise platform tools and services

Air Force Space Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Nov 5-6, 2019
Location: San Francisco, California

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Launch systems
  • Data mining
  • Space visualization
  • Space communications

Simulators Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Dec 3-5, 2019
Location: Orlando, Florida

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Simulator technologies

Joint Strike Fighter Pitch Day

Date: November 21, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Seeking Ideas for :

  • Artificial Intelligence for the optimization of air system acquisition enterprises
  • Machine Learning for the optimization of air system acquisition enterprises
  • Data analytics tools for the optimization of air system acquisition enterprises

Air Force Technical Executive Officer (TEO) Pitch Day

Date:15 November, 2019
Location: Dayton, Ohio

Seeking Ideas for :

  • Highlighting Phase II contracts that are about to transition with matching customer funding

Fighter/Bomber Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Nov 13-14, 2019
Location: Dayton, Ohio

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Cyber-related commercial innovations to improve our Fighter/Bomber portfolio of aircraft

Rapid Sustainment Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Nov 13-14, 2019
Location: San Francisco, California

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Innovative technologies and/or processes that could decrease Operations and Sustainment Costs or Increase Readiness

Mobility and Training Aircraft Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Nov 13-14, 2019
Location: Dayton, Ohio

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Maintenance and manufacturing technologies for aircraft including digital technologies

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special Forces (SOF) Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Nov 13-14, 2019
Location: Dayton, Ohio

Seeking Ideas to:

  • Explore innovative technologies and/or processes that could impact ISR systems and SOF operations

Airborne Communications Pitch Day

Date: Occurring Nov 13-14, 2019
Location: Dayton, Ohio

Seeking Ideas for:

  • Improving communication systems, protecting intellectual property and introducing Additive Manufacturing (AM) into current sustainment efforts

Hypersonics Pitch Day

Date: 7 November, 2019
Location: Ft Walton Beach, FL
https://doolittleinstitute.org/events/usaf-pitch-day-hypersonics/

Seeking Ideas to:

  • Explore innovative technologies and/or processes that could increase hypersonic systems capabilities

Base of the Future Concepts, Technologies, and Technology Applications

Date: November 21, 2019
Location: Panama City, FL

Seeking Ideas to:

  • Explore options for Base of the Future concepts that will empower facility design/construction, infrastructure, passive and active information technology (IT), energy efficiency, force protection, urbanization, resiliency and other novel concepts

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