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. 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

. If you’d like to participate, please contact us here.


We will start with a meet-and-greet/happy hour the evening of Thursday, June 1st. DEFxAtlanta will kick off at 8:00AM EDT on Friday, June 2, 2017, at the GTRI Conference Center. Below are some of the opportunities, and what you can expect to accomplish at DEFxAtlanta:

  • Breakout Groups: Develop policy options with a multi-disciplinary group of cyber experts on some of the military’s most perplexing issues.
  • Hack-a-thon: Would you rather roll up your sleeves and get to work with military and civilian cyber practitioners? Join the Hack-a-thon track. We’re setting the stage with a design thinking/coding/UX crash course by our partners at General Assembly.
  • Throughout DEFxAtlanta: Talks from military, civilian, and industry pros on their latest and greatest developments in the cyber domain.

Have an idea you would like to bring to the table at DEFxAtlanta? Let us know!

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

DEF Cloud Advisory
Eastern Foundry, an incubator and accelerator offering educational resources, professional services and community for innovative tech startups, has asked DEF to team up to develop, implement, and assess a survey focused on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is a competitive program designed to encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/R&D that has the potential for commercialization and profit.

How You Can Get Involved: The Cloud Advisory is looking for volunteers in the Washington D.C. area interested in helping develop survey questions and identify the right people and companies to send the survey too. Ideal volunteers should be familiar with SBIR, effective survey building, polling techniques, and/or knowledge on a variety of small businesses who fit the SBIR model. As always, interested and passionate parties for bringing a culture of innovation to the Defense Community, or US Government at large, are always welcomed! Volunteers can expect two to three two-hour in-person sessions hosted at one of the Eastern Foundry locations in Rosslyn or Crystal City. To volunteer or request more information please contact the Cloud Advisory at and

Good Reading
How Pentagon Contracting Is Killing the Military’s Technological Edge
The Section 809 Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations testified before the House Armed Services Committee last week about their recommendations to improve acquisitions regulations and laws.

Do you know someone who’d be interested in DEF’s mission and events? Invite them to sign up for the Dispatch!

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