DEF IS HEADING TO DENVER, CO FOR OUR 2018 CONFERENCE!
The DEF leadership team, members, and friends head out to the Rocky Mountains for the 2018 annual conference at Galvanize Denver on October 12th and the Grid Collaborative Workspace on October 13th and 14th! Colorado is home to numerous military bases and startup communities. Colorado is our Nation’s national security capital of the West – home of the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, and Schriever AFB, with Buckley AFB nearby. Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs all have active ROTC programs and boast growing startup scenes with innovative companies. The defense innovation community is alive and thriving in Denver, and we will gather our innovative minds at this hub of innovation to continue the great work of the virtuous insurgency!
EXPLORING THE THEME OF “IDEAS TO IMPACT”
Our annual DEF conference continues to respond and adapt to the needs of our members. The culture of disruption is strong and this year’s conference will showcase innovations meant to springboard innovation and produce solutions in the “unconference” portion of the conference. Participants will guide topic choices and be matched into interest groups for streamlined networking. Our speakers are selected by our members and will include Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper (invited) and Ghost Fleet author August Cole (confirmed) as DEF2018 keynote speakers.
Who might you find at DEF 2018? Our group of creative thinkers who attend the annual conference range from general and flag officer to ROTC cadets, senior and junior non-commissioned officers, policy wonks and academics, start-up entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
Plan Your Visit
We are not endorsing any specific hotel but realize the experience might be enhanced if you are able to stay with other attendees in the nearby area. The following hotels are near to the conference sites:
The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown
685 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80204
The ART, a hotel
1201 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Hyatt Place Denver/Downtown
440 14th Street Place, Denver, CO 80202