Do you find yourself constantly discussing national security or defense issues and solutions? Do you find DEF’s startup-style energy an invigorating and refreshing creative outlet? If so, bring the DEF entrepreneurship community to the national security arena near you by planning a DEFx event.

DEFx events are YOUR events. You create, shape, test, and implement your DEFx with the knowledge and support of the greater DEF community. The theme, topics, speakers, location, format, and date are all yours to decide.  These one- or two-day events bring the same powerful DEF network of entrepreneurs and innovators to new communities and new people.

DEFx events include programming that addresses the urgent challenges in your community:

  • panel discussions that bring together active duty service members, tech innovators, and policymakers,
  • innovation competitions that bring startup-style problem solving to emerging national security challenges,
  • debates about the best way to improve military talent management system,
  • hack-a-thons, or
  • human center design breakout sessions.

DEFx events give you the opportunity to partner with universities, incubators, tech-startups, or other organizations in your community.   Click on links below to see what past DEFx events have covered.  Bring your colleges and friends to the table and watch the collaboration begin!







  • DEFxSan Diego – February 7th

  • DEFxKansas City – April 25th

  • DEFxDC – May 7th

  • Big Country Innovation Challenge


  • DEFxAnnapolis – October 24th

  • DEFxHampton Roads

Interested in hosting a DEFx event? Let us know!