January 7


06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum



DEF Washington DC is excited to host JamesHondo” Guerts at our first 2019 Drink & Think on Monday, 7 January at 6:30 PM at Dcode. Hondo, currently Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisitions, is an experienced and innovative leader in the defense and national security R&D and acquisitions communities that backs up his inspiring and challenging proposals with meaningful action and real impact. If you’re familiar with SOFWERX or what the Navy is doing for their innovation projects, you have probably heard his name and now you have the opportunity to hear directly from him, either in person or via a Zoom call from anywhere in the world!

Registration will take place from 6:30-7:00 PM, followed by a talk by Hondo from 7:00-8:00 PM and then a happy hour after that until 9:00 PM.

Ticket cost covers snacks and drinks at the event – a waitlist will automatically start once all the tickets are gone (to ensure you have the Zoom information in time, we recommend signing up for the free Zoom ticket, that way you get any updates or changes and don’t have to wait for it to filter through social media to get to you).

Dcode is a tech accelerator focused on bridging the gap between the beltway and private sector innovation. We run accelerators and training programs to help speed the adoption of cutting edge technologies across government programs, bringing together government, industry, venture capital, and startups to change the way our country runs.

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of public service intrapreneurs, private sector entrepreneurs and aligned innovators that promote a culture of innovation in the national security community. 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 communities usually meet once a month 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’s monthly Drink & Thinks are great ways to learn more.


Why should I register if this is a free event? Taking a couple minutes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space and coordinate with the host for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? You can choose your own adventure, but we recommend either the metro or a ride-share to avoid parking challenges!

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.