The DEF leadership team is proud to announce that the 2017 annual conference will be held at the University of Texas at Austin from September 14th-17th! This year we’ll celebrate DEF’s five year anniversary. From our roots in a three day conference in Chicago, we’ve grown into a network of innovators, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs with chapters in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Europe that host dozens of events a year. 50% of startups fail within 5 years, so achieving this milestone is celebration worthy.  

To celebrate our success and make sure we continue, we want to tap into DEF’s greatest asset: our members. There are three ways to contribute to DEF 2017:

  • Volunteer for the planning team
  • Nominate a speaker or topic
  • Attend the DEF workshop in June to help chart the way ahead

DEF’s value comes from our distributed, non-hierarchical network of innovators. If you’d like to participate, please contact us here.

DEFx Events

With DEFxColumbus complete and DEFxDC tomorrow, our DEFx season is in full swing. Our next event is DEFxAtlanta.DEFxAtlanta promises to be an exciting event. A product of a partnership between DEF, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Army Cyber Command, the event will run June 1-3. After beginning with a happy hour Thursday June 1, DEFxAtlanta will continue Friday with the option to attend a Hackathon track or a conference track that will tentatively address talent management, offensive operations and law of cyber conflict, how to incorporate DoD initiatives at the ground level, and how to visualize multi-domain battle. Check out the event website for more information.

Interested in running your own DEFx event? Contact the DEFx director for more information.

Articles and Opportunities
As the U.S. military evolves to face new threats, so must its personnel bureaucracy
DEF participant Tim Kane addresses why the military personnel system needs to adapt to the changing character of war, and makes three practical recommendations. “The immediate problem is not that millennials are different, rather that warfare is different.”

Defense Intelligence Agency’s ‘Shark Tank’ Helps Startups Pitch Spy Apps
The DIA is  implementing a new acquisition and software development process called iHUB. DIA acquisitions partners with their analysts to develop a formal request, which is posted on NeedipeDIA. Companies then submit a white paper, and if selected, have the opportunity to present their product to DIA analysts. Interested in participating? Go to NeedipeDIA.

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