Grab your DEF2018 tickets here!

The annual DEF conference always adapts to the needs of our community. The culture of disruption is strong, and this year’s conference will showcase innovations that can help springboard innovation and produce solutions. The “unconference” programming is geared to connect you to fellow innovators in ways not seen at a typical conference. Participants will guide topic choices and also be matched into interest groups, pushing not only the limits of networking, but truly taking what happens from idea to impact.

Our speakers were submitted and voted on by our members, including Ghost Fleet author August Cole as one of the keynotes.  Additional speakers include: Kate Germano, former Marine and author of Fight Like a Girl; Brad Carson, Professor at University of Virginia’s Batton School of Leadership of Public Policy; Lyla Kohistany, President and Co-founder of PROMOTE; Jesse Levin, Founder of Tactivate; Evanna Hu, Partner and CEO of Omelas; and Dan Magy, Founder of Citadel Defense.

DEF2018 will also feature an all-star line up of DEF members, including Hark Herold, Chris Knutson, Richard Kuzma, Josh Lospinoso, Justin Lynch, Josh Marcuse, Chris O’Keefe, Kathy Trimble, Shawn Van Diver, and Dave Zelaya.

Who will you bump into at DEF2018? People who attend DEF’s annual conference hail from all ranks of the military, start-up teams, the civil service, various think tanks, technology firms, academic institutions and corporate innovation cells.

Interested in sponsoring part of the conference? Learn more about getting your logo and information prominently displayed on event advertisements and distributed content, in addition to further benefits, in the DEF2018 Prospectus.

Need more information? Let the conference director know!


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View the DEF2018 schedule & directory.