SPARK TANK, UNLEASHING THE INNOVATIVE CAPACITY OF OUR AIRMEN
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 (SAF/MG) launched the Guardian and Airmen Innovation Network (G.A.I.N.) platform, which allows Airmen and Guardians to share ideas, critique submissions, and upvote the most promising solutions. 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.
SPARK TANK 2022 SUBMISSIONS
Apply now! Submissions are due October 15, 2021. Submissions on the G.A.I.N. platform will require the following fields:
▶ Title of your solution
▶ Excite the crowd and summarize your solution in a few sentences.
▶ What is the Problem, Opportunity, or Unmet Need (POU)?
▶ Who has the Problem, Opportunity, or Unmet Need?
▶ What is the solution?
▶ What other types of resources do you need?
▶ Do you feel your solution can be implemented in 6 months to 2 years?
▶ Estimate savings your solution will provide in dollars/manpower
▶ Describe known and unknown barriers to implementation
▶ Describe known and unknown risk
▶ Focus Area
▶ DVIDS Link to 3-minute pitch video*
▶ Have you received SIF towards this solution?
▶ Where did this solution originate?
SPARK TANK 2022 PITCH VIDEO REQUIREMENT
An original video no longer than 3-min is required. The video should summarize the idea and make the pitch. If selected as a finalist, videos may be used by Public Affairs (SAF/PA) for news articles.
Videos are not required to be professionally created or produced; however, the video must be reviewed by a unit’s responsible Public Affairs office to ensure suitability for public release prior to posting. The unit’s public affairs team will review/approve for public release all videos and associate keyword tags for the videos using the DVIDS accessioning tags “AFINNOFET” and “SparkTank2022” – PA will provide a link to DVIDS for the Spark Tank packages. Ensure the name of the video is the same as the name of the submission in the G.A.I.N. platform.
NOTE: The video must be approved by the local PA office prior to submission. Once approved, the PA office will load the video onto DVIDS and provide a link to include on the G.A.I.N. platform.