October 24


06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


DEF Hampton Roads is thrilled to announce our next event will be taking place at the Gather Newport News in Newport News on Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 PM. Mike Melo ( from ITA International will be speaking about ITA’s new spin on Operationalizing Data.  He will give two iterations of the talk – while one group of the DEF crowd is receiving the talk, the Chief People Officer at ITA, Katelyn Melo Byrd, will be taking folks on a tour of the ITA International and Gather spaces, then groups will flip. Networking will be in Gather with tours of the newest office and coworking space on the Peninsula.

Food and drinks will be provided by Gather and ITA. 

The evening will include:

6:00 – 6:45 arrival time and networking
6:45 – 8:00 Intro, Presentation and tour of spaces
8:00 – 9:00 Networking

Some information on our awesome sponsors:

ITA International: a provider of integrated support services to include analysis, planning, training, acquisition management, cyber/intelligence, engineering, logistics, and maritime support services to government, non-governmental organizations and commercial customers worldwide
Using our ARENA Process, we analyze the mission, identify all requirements, and develop innovative, integrated solutions to meet current and emergent needs and advance our clients’ missions and objectives. (

Gather: from startups to small businesses to enterprise teams and entrepreneurs, Gather provides the right space for you to work, grow and flourish in our curious collective. (

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn. DEF Hampton Roads meets on a recurring basis to hear innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and authors share their stories and to get new ideas flowing in a casual environment (where uniforms and rank are left at the door).

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then the DEF Hampton Roads’ monthly events are a great way to learn more.


Why should I register? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space and coordinate with the restaurant for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the vicinity, but taxi and ride share work as well.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.