FAIRBORN, Ohio—Tech Warrior Enterprise recently provided more than 50 small businesses the opportunity to demonstrate and test their medical and tactical technologies during the virtual Tech Warrior Medical/Tactical OPS.
Those same companies, hailing from around the United States, had the opportunity to virtually demonstrate as well as pitch their technology to subject-matter and industry experts as well as government tech scouts during the Oct. 19-23, 2020, event.
Tech Warrior OPS offers a venue where small businesses can put technology into the hands of warfighters and first responders. These experts use the technology in training-and-exercise scenarios that simulate rigorous operational uses and give developers real time feedback on how the technology performed.
The medical and tactical event was one of two Tech Warrior Ops held in October. A virtual event focused on cyber technologies for critical military challenges also took place.
The OPS series allows small businesses to gain critical information about their technology from an end users experience in preparation to write successful proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research programs of the Air Force and other DOD services. For SBIR-funded companies, Tech Warrior also prepares them for future funding phases and positions them for successful commercialization or technology transition. Additional benefits of the Tech Warrior OPS functions include encouraging small businesses to participate in Broad Agency Announcement and allowing them to make new connections with industry and government partners.
Event sponsors included the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program, small businesses concerns, Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, APEX, 59th Medical Development Wing, Naval Medical Research Unit, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, USCENTCOM, USTRANSCOM, TATRC Medical, Army ERDC and USSOCOM.
Participating businesses included: D’Angelo Technologies LLC; Stinger Advanced; VMOBI 360; Allied Approach; ARAR; Lay N Go; Neural Science (NSI); Phasor Lab; Arukona; Babel Analytics; Action Streamer; Allosense; Apollo13; Armaments Research Co.; Bailout Systems; BattleSight Technologies; Blackbridge; Bowerbags; Crescor; Sustainment Technologies; and Drop Drone.
Other participating businesses: Excel Team Excellence; Immobileyes; Kinemagic; Paradigm Methods; 911; ASR Systems; AGarvey; American Biotech Labs; Arete; Atmos Life Science; BILT Inc.; Claim Detect; Critical Innovations; FBB Biomed; Hydrosis; Krampade; Lumitex; Oxy-Fit; Pyrames; Aero Biotek; Steradian Technologies; Temple Massager; Total Orbit; True Wearables; Upper Body Fitness; Viscus Biologics; ARYSE; Dephy; Dropless Dropaids; JM Hartfiel; MedUX; and Securisyn Medical.
For the Air Force, this event provided a way to increase interaction with small businesses across the country and to grow the defense industrial base, organizers say.
The Air Force SBIR/STTR Program and its small business partners strive for advancements that support Air Force Major Commands, system program offices and many others to meet near-term critical needs while filling the pipeline with potential game-changing technologies.
Small businesses with a Department of Defense research and development contract, including those involved in the Air Force SBIR/STTR are welcome to participate in the Tech Warrior Enterprise. For information, they should go through their government contact or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies participate in Tech Warrior events for free. But, where applicable, they must pay all other expenses including travel expenses.