Spark Tank


Spark Tank is an annual competition during which Airmen and Guardians pitch innovative ideas to the top Department of the Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts. Hosted each year at the Air & Space Force Association’s Warfare Symposium, thousands of attendees watch the pitch competition.

To support Spark Tank, the Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) leverages the Guardians and Airmen Innovation Network (GAIN) platform, which allows Airmen and Guardians to share ideas, critique submissions, and upvote the most promising solutions. Please note the GAIN system is CAC-enabled and requires users to login through it’s host platform, Platform One. Instructions can be found on the public facing GAIN website at The intrapreneurs with the most game-changing and upvoted ideas by senior selection panel will then compete at the Spark Tank Finals event to be held in conjunction with AFA in March 2023 in Aurora, Colorado. 

The pitch competition event and innovation awards are designed to encourage intrapreneurship, retain innovators, and speed up the adoption of emerging technologies, especially those developed by Airmen and Guardians that bring game-changing impact to our Air Force and Space Force.

Spark Tank Goals 2023
Quarter Finals

Quarter Finals


Spark Tank 2023 Quarter Finals are underway!

This year's competition kicked off in June 2022 with 237 submissions and has been narrowed down to just 33.

Only 15 ideas will advance on to the Semi-Finals!

Senior Leadership from across the DAF is selecting the top voted projects to move to the final round.

Stay tuned for Semi-Finals updates

Spark Tank 2022

Spark Tank 2022


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