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Launching a universe of opportunity 7-11 December

Accelerate Change! Join AFWERX for this inspiring virtual event to hear about the groundbreaking successes in 2020 and the amazing new partnership opportunities in 2021. Throughout the week we will highlight industry, investment, interagency, and international innovators, as well as those disrupters across the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

The event will launch at noon eastern on December 7th and conclude with exciting announcements on December 11th. The programming and networking opportunities across all five days are designed to inform stakeholders on how partnership with AFWERX can drive innovations that strengthen security and prosperity.

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AFWERX Prime Logo
AFWERX Spark Logo

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AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, creates simple pathways for commercial innovators and private capital investment to help the Department of the Air Force solve problems.

AFVenture’s programming will offer:

  • Conversations with leaders from industry, government, and academia on how they’re partnering to reach common goals
  • Curated panels represented by Portfolio Companies, Technical Points of Contact, Research Institutions and Co-Investors
  • Spotlights on funding programs like STRATFI, TACFI, SBIR and STTR


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Spark focuses on empowering Airmen and Space Professionals to generate ideas and execute solutions through its decentralized network of bases, innovation competitions and various programs that partner with industry.

Spark’s programming will offer:

  • Discussions on how you can partner with the programs that U.S. Air and Space Forces offer to train, prepare and provide better tools to service members
  • Interactive sessions where Airmen and Space Professionals submit real problems they face, you contribute to the conversation and our speakers provide live feedback
  • Spotlights on organizations driving cross-sector collaboration like JFWORX, CyberWORX and National Security Innovation Network


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Prime identifies nascent tech sectors with strong commercial potential that if primed by Department of the Air Force, could yield significant military and economic advantage.

Prime’s programming will offer:

  • An engaging review of the first year of Agility Prime, the Air Force “flying car” program that in 11 months awarded millions of dollars of contracts, established an airworthiness process for electric vertical takeoff and landing ORBs, and is ready for flight test
  • Opportunities to engage in prime programs that align interests between investors, industry, regulators, and the military to create flourishing new tech markets
  • Collaborative “Design a Prime” Workshops where attendees contribute their ideas to create the next potential future focus areas for the military

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Hosts

The Honorable Barbara M. Barrett

Secretary of the Air Force

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Gen John Raymond

Chief of Space Operations

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Gen David W. Allvin

Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force

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The Honorable Dr Will Roper

Asst. Sec. of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

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Gen Arnold W. Bunch Jr.

General, Air Force Materiel Command

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Gen Heather Pringle

Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

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Mr Jack Blackhurst

Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory

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Dr Kelly D. Hammett

Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory

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Col Nathan Diller

Director of AFWERX

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CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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CMSgt Roger A. Towberman

Senior Enlisted Advisor of the United States Space Force

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MSgt Steven Ansman

AFWERX Senior Enlisted Leader

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Featured Speakers

Mr Steve Dickson

FAA Administrator

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Mr JoeBen Bevirt

Founder and CEO, Joby Aviation

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Trae Stephens

Anduril Co-Founder and Founders Fund

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Mr Martin Keller

Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Gen Jacqueline Van Ovost

Commander, Air Mobility Command

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Hon Jon Husted

Lt Gov of the State of Ohio

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Mr Kyle Clark

Founder, Beta Technologies

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Douglas Wheelock

NASA Astronaut

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Lt Gen John Thompson

Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center

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Mr Michael Brown

Director, DoD Defense Innovation Unit

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Dr Edgar Waggoner

Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

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Ms Lauren Barrett Knausenberger

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Pentagon

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Lt Gen John Shaw

Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command, U.S. Space Command; and Deputy Commander, Space Operations Command, U.S. Space Force

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Dr Tuomas Sandholm

Sandholm, Professor and Co-Director of Carnegie Mellon University Artificial Intelligence

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Mr Matt Chasen

Founder and CEO, LIFT Aircraft Inc

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Mr Orin Hoffman

Venture Partner, The Engine

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Maj Gen Michele Edmondson

Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy

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Sebastian Thrun

CEO, Kitty Hawk Corporation

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Ms Katherine Boyle

Partner, General Catalyst

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Mr John Williams

Director of Innovation and Technology for the Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

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Maj Gen Kimberly Crider

Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations

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Mr Paul Waugh

PEO and Director for the Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

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Mr J.P. Nauseef

President and CEO, JobsOhio

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Dr Parimal Kopardekar

Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute

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Brig Gen Ryan Britton

PEO for Presidential & Executive Airlift Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

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Mr Warren Katz

Managing Director - Air Force Accelerator Powered by Techstars

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Mr Jean-Charles Lede

Autonomy Technology Advisor, Air Force Research Laboratory

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Mr Evan Loomis

Co-founder, ICON Technology Inc

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Brig Gen Steven Butow

Director, Space Portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit, and Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard

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Mr Oliver Noteware

Co-Founder and CEO, Street Smarts VR

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Mr Kyle Gillis

Co-Founder, Iconic Air

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Mr Peter Shannon

Founder and Managing Director, Radius Capital Ventures

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Mr A.J. Bertone

Investor, In-Q-Tel

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Mr Michael Dyment

NEXA Capital

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Ms Heather Richman

BMNT

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Ms Kirsten Bartok Touw

AF Capital

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Schedule

Monday, December 7th

12:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Welcome to launch day for the first AFWERX Accelerate event. New partnerships are key to developing new capabilities. Hear from leaders in the Department of the Air Force, interagency, industry, and investment community. Get the details for the immersive week ahead, and build your schedule to partner with AFWERX in 2021.

SPEAKERS
Introduction to AFWERX Accelerate

Brig Gen Heather Pringle, AFRL Commander
Col Nathan Diller, AFWERX Director

Welcome to AFWERX Accelerate

Hon Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force

FAA and Air Force: Collaborating for Innovation

Hon Stephen Dickson, FAA Administrator

Institutionalizing Innovation

Gen David Allvin, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Innovation Speed with Discipline

Gen Arnold Bunch Jr, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command

Accelerating Innovation in Air Mobility Command

Gen Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander, Air Mobility Command

Scaling Innovation

Hon Will Roper, Asst Sec of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Launching SpaceWERX

Lt Gen John Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center

From Start-Up to Scale Up: Growth in the DoD

Warren Katz, Tech Stars
Hon Will Roper, Asst Sec of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Trae Stephens, Founders Fund
Michael Huggins, AFRL
Doug Philippone, Palantir

AFWERX Overview Panel

Col Nathan Diller, USAF
Maj Jason Rathje, USAF
TSgt Verenice Mondragon-Jaimes, USAF
Maj John Tekell, USAF

2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Networking / Break

Step away to refuel or stick with us and join your fellow attendees in our networking session.

3:00 - 5:00 pm ET

With less than a year since its creation, the U.S. Space Force has built innovation into the service from the start. Now through the partnership with AFWERX, that innovation can scale quickly to harness and rapidly enable the capabilities in commercial space.

SPEAKERS
AFWERX and the US Space Force

Col Nathan Diller, AFWERX Director
Dr Kelly Hammett, Deputy Technology Executive Officer

Space Innovation

Mr Craig Leavitt, AFWERX Team Lead
Mr Rick Tumlinson, Space Frontiers Foundation; New Worlds Institute

Space Force: Innovation from the Start

Lt Gen John Thompson, SMC
Maj Gen Kimberly Crider, USSF
Lt Gen John Shaw, USSPACECOM
Maj Gen Michele Edmondson, USAFA
Brig Gen Steven Butow, DIU
Mr James Reuter, NASA
Mr Craig Leavitt, AFWERX Team Lead
Mr Rick Tumlinson, Space Frontiers Foundation; New Worlds Institute

Space Force: Innovation from the Start

Gen John Raymond, Chief of Space Operations
CMSgt Roger Towberman, Senior Enlisted Advisor of the US Space Force

Next Steps

Dr Kelly Hammett, Deputy Technology Executive Officer

5:00 - 6:00 pm ET

Happy Hour