Air Force announces Spark Tank 2022 semi-finalists

A panel of nearly 30 subject matter experts from across the Department of the Air Force met Nov. 16, 2021 at the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC) in Arlington, Virginia and via a virtual teleconferencing platform to conduct the Spark Tank 2022 (ST22) Quarter Finals. Read the full story here.



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

To support Spark Tank, the Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) launched 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 will require a login. The personnel with the most game-changing and upvoted ideas then compete at the culminating Spark Tank event. New this year to Spark Tank are innovation awards. Trophies/plaques will be awarded to recognize the innovative solutions proposed/developed by Airmen and Guardians across the enterprise.

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


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