November 6-8, 2015 | University of Chicago Booth School of Business | Chicago, IL

You are a emerging leader brimming with ideas, and are eager to connect with others who share your enthusiasm. You are passionate about creating positive change, but are still learning how to push ideas through a large bureaucracy. You want to build lifelong relationships with innovative leaders both in and out of uniform.

DEF2015 is for you!  Learn from experienced entrepreneurs, propose ideas and collaborate with peers in our Ideation groups, then pitch solutions to peers, senior leaders and proven entrepreneurs. You’ll emerge with knowledge, experience, and relationships to help spread an innovative culture throughout the Department of Defense.

For Senior Leaders

You are a busy senior leader, managing complex challenges during an era of change, uncertainty, and restraint. Every day, you are asked to do more with less. By necessity, you are constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions to address current and emerging challenges.

Our Ideation groups will study problems and develop promising new solutions, putting more options into your hands as a senior leader. You’ll be surrounded by young innovators who are passionate to make our military a stronger organization. We invite you to get involved by mentoring emerging leaders, suggesting problems to be tackled, and listening to what our young leaders have to offer.

Selected Talks

August Cole spoke on the DEF stage about the role that artists can play in the planning and outline of futuristic warfare strategy, along with what we can expect from the rapidly advancing world of defense development.

Jackie Space joined us at DEF2015 to speak on Silicon Valley’s perspective about the defense sector’s efforts to reach out to commercial tech companies.

Thanks to Our Gold Sponsors

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities, including academics, research, conferences, competitions, and global and community outreach. The Polsky Center is the foremost resource for University of Chicago students and alumni as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers.