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AFWERX FUSION XPERIENCE 2019

July 23-24, 2019

Enclave - Las Vegas NV

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About the AFWERX Fusion Xperience

The AFWERX FUSION EXPERIENCE is a free two-day conference hosted by AFWERX in collaboration with our Air Force partners. The annual AFWERX Fusion event will bring together small business, entrepreneurs, and academia that aim to provide innovation solutions to existing Air Force focus areas. The AFWERX Fusion event will take place over the course of three days, focusing around an Air Force special interest, including keynote speakers, panelists, and more. 

This year, the event will focus on the developments AFWERX is currently engaged in regarding Multi Domain Operations. The conference will be hosted at Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada, where 50 - 100 teams will present their innovative solutions. At this expo-style event, teams will present their solutions to top Air Force decision makers and operators. Concurrently, there will be live demonstrations, keynote speakers, subject matter experts, and panel discussions on innovation, trends in technology, culture change, and more. This flagship event welcomes the public, including academia, startups, enterprise companies, the investment community, and military. 

"We've got to innovate to maintain America's security. We've created the AFWERX Fusion Challenge to accelerate inventive ideas from startups, industry, academia and research labs in the most collaborative way and get them to America's Airmen at the speed of relevance."
- General Steve Wilson in a recent visit to AFWERX Vegas 
 
Follow the AFWERX Challenge on social media with the hashtag #FusionXperience 

Expo Theme - Multi Domain Operations

The top 50 - 100 Fusion Challenge submissions will present their ideas at the Fusion Xperience. Expo teams will have the chance to interact with top U.S. Air Force leaders, AFWERX team members, industry experts, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and YOU. During the event, the expo teams will be engaged by subject matter experts from the Air Force and other branches of the military to assess the proposed technology solutions and increase the likelihood of future R&D and/or production contracts, grants, and other transaction agreement awards. 
 

Panel Topics

Perspectives on the future of Multi-Domain Operations 
Venture Capital Opportunities for Dual-Use Technologies
New Government Funding Opportunities
Trends in Defense Innovation
Advancements in Emerging Technologies
Military Policy and Strategies on Emerging Technologies
Driving Culture Change in Large Organizations 
 

Event Location



5810 S. Eastern Avenue

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  SCHEDULE 

Early check-in for Exhibitors is available from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Monday July 22,2019.
Details about workshops and panel topics will be updated as they are confirmed.
All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). 

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July 22, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 amRegistration
Prelude Foyer

July 23, 2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am
9:00 am - 9:20 amDr. Brian "Beam" Maue, Mission Lead & CEO, AFWERX [More Info]
Signature Hall
Opening Remarks
10:15 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 amAyal Somech, Director, Portfolio Development - HorizonX Ventures at Boeing
Signature Hall
11:00 am - 6:00 pmShowcase Floor Open
No location
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch - Complimentary
No location
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmTina Quigley, CEO, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Signature Hall
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmModerator:
- Tyler Sweatt, Managing Partner, Future Tense
Panelists:
- David Knight, Founder & CEO, Terbine
- Adam Wilson, CEO, Trifacta
- Enrique Oti, Managing Director of the Air Force Element, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, U.S. Air Force

Signature Hall
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmNetworking Mixer - Brought to you by Lockheed Martin
Prelude Foyer

July 24, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 amRegistration
Prelude Foyer
8:00 am - 10:00 amComplimentary Breakfast - Brought to you by Verizon
Prelude Foyer
9:00 am - 6:00 pmShowcase Floor Open
No location
10:15 am - 10:30 amMark Rowland, Innovation Actualizer, AFWERX VEGAS
Signature Hall
10:30 am - 11:00 amJerry "JD" Harris, Lt. General, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, U.S. Air Force
Signature Hall
11:00 am - 12:00 pmModerator:
- Ellen Chang, Principal, BMNT Partners
Panelists:
- Matt Gratias, Senior Advisor, National Security Innovation Network
- Kevin Landtroop, Venture Partner, Capital Factory
- Nick Davis, Faculty Chair of Corporate Innovation, Singularity University

Signature Hall
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmComplimentary Lunch Brought to you by Verizon
No location
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmMr. Bill Marion, Deputy Chief Information Officer U.S. Air Force
Signature Hall
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  REGISTER

Advance registration is required to attend. 
To register for the Fusion Xperience, click the "New Registration" button below. An email address may only be used once per registrant.
Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk or spam folder.

Registration Deadline: July 17, 2019
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SPEAKERS

AFWERX will updated speakers as they are announced.
 
Stay Tuned! 
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Michael Amori [More Info]
CEO
Virtualitics
 
Nicholas Nilan [More Info]
Director of Public Sector Product Development
Verizon
 
Anthony Sanchez [More Info]
Technical Director
Veritone
 
Michael R. Boera [More Info]
Maj. Gen. (ret.) and Strategic Account Executive
U.S. Air Force/Leidos
 
Michael Kanaan [More Info]
Captain and Co-Chair for AI
U.S. Air Force/HAF AI Cross-Functional Team
 
Joseph S. Arora [More Info]
Captain and Capabilities Leader for Ecosystem Development
U.S. Air Force/AFWERX
 
Steven D. Lauver [More Info]
Captain and Director of Technology Acceleration
U.S. Air Force/AFWERX
 
Eric D. Frahm [More Info]
Lieutenant Col. and Air Education & Training Command Chief Product Officer
U.S. Air Force/AFRL
 
Andrew S. Bowne [More Info]
Major and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate
U.S. Air Force - 30th Space Wing
 
Angela M. Cadwell [More Info]
Major Gen. Director, Cyberspace Ops. NORAD
U.S. Air Force
 
Michael A. Fantini [More Info]
Major Gen. and Director of AFWIC
U.S. Air Force
 
John Flynn [More Info]
USAFR Strategy & Planning Division
U.S. Air Force
 
Jerry D. Harris [More Info]
Lt. Gen. Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs
U.S. Air Force
 
William E. Marion II [More Info]
Deputy Chief Information Officer
U.S. Air Force
 
Ryan X. Riley [More Info]
Lt. Col., Director of Strategic Operations Detachment 24
U.S. Air Force
 
Stephen Wilson [More Info]
Gen. and Vice Chief of Staff
U.S. Air Force
 
Adam Wilson [More Info]
CEO
Trifacta
 
David Knight [More Info]
FOUNDER & CEO
TERBINE
 
Oz Sultan [More Info]
CEO
Sultan Interactive
 
Christo Allegra [More Info]
Design Partner
Spatialize
 
Nick Davis [More Info]
Vice President Enterprise Solutions and Faculty Chair of Corporate Innovation
Singularity University
 
Allan Young [More Info]
Founder
Runway
 
Tina Quigley [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
 
Daniel Robinson [More Info]
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Red 6
 
Lawrence Fritz [More Info]
CEO and Founder
Path2Victory
 
Jimi Crawford [More Info]
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Orbital Insight
 
Dr. Matt Gratias [More Info]
Senior Advisor
National Security Innovation Network
 
Nicholas Kasdaglis PhD [More Info]
Lead Cognitive Systems Engineer, Group Lead
MITRE, Simulation Based Design Service
 
Matthew J. Tarascio [More Info]
VP & CDAO (Chief Data & Analytics Officer) Corporate Engineering, Technology & Operations
Lockheed Martin
 
Gadalia O'Bryan [More Info]
VP of Global Services
Koverse
 
Stuart P. Stough [More Info]
Director
HDIAC
 
Kevin Landtroop [More Info]
Managing Director
Grayline Defense Venture Partner
 
Jason Korman [More Info]
CEO and Co-founder
Gapingvoid
 
Tyler Sweatt [More Info]
Managing Partner
Future Tense
 
Bobby Lansing [More Info]
CEO
Devhawk
 
Greg Britton [More Info]
Senior Business and Economic Development Executive
DEFENSEWERX
 
Jim Cunningham [More Info]
Chief People Officer
DEFENSEWERX
 
Tyler Gates [More Info]
Managing Principal
Brightline Interactive & President, AR/VR Association
 
Ayal Somech [More Info]
Director of Portfolio Development
Boeing
 
Ellen Chang [More Info]
Principal
BMNT Partners
 
Suzanne Borders [More Info]
CEO and Founder
BadVR
 
Warren Katz [More Info]
Managing Director
Air Force Accelerator
 
Mark Rowland [More Info]
Innovation Actualizer
AFWERX VEGAS
 
Randy Gordon [More Info]
Col., Strategic Initiative/Test and Eval. Lead
AFWERX
 
Lauren Knausenberger [More Info]
Capability Lead of Cyberspace Innovation
AFWERX
 
Dr. Brian Maue [More Info]
Mission Lead & CEO
AFWERX
 
Vince Pecoraro [More Info]
Director of Agile Contracting
AFWERX
 
Ivan Raiklin [More Info]
Tech Scout
75th Innovation Unit
 
[More Info]
 
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AFWERX is a product of the Air Force, directly envisioned by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX is to solve some of the toughest challenges the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation's top subject matter experts. The world is changing quickly--new technologies, new threats and new opportunities. AFWERX taps into the power of creativity and empowers intentional innovation that unleashes emergent approaches for the warfighter through a community of intrapreneurs, industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors. AFWERX has the ability to bring together our nation's best and brightest to collaborate, innovate, fabricate and present accelerated results to the United States Air Force to better serve our
#1 customer: the warfighter and operators in the Air Force.

 

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  HOTEL

A room block has been reserved with the Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport

 
The group rate is $119 per night for 22 July-26 July.
 You can book a room using THIS LINK and use the group code AFW or call the hotel and ask for the AFWERX group rate.  
Group block closes 21 June.
If you are eligible to receive government per diem rates, you can call the hotel to book a room at the government rate. 
 
Hampton Inn & Suites | Las Vegas Airport 
6575 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 647-8000 
 
An additional room block has been reserved with La Quinta by Wyndham - Las Vegas Airport South
Reservations can be booked by calling the hotel directly at 702-492-8900
The group name is AFWERX Fusion 2019 
 
 
 
The following hotels are near Enclave and off the strip, but do not have a contracted discounted rate for this event:

    Hyatt Place (3.5 miles)
   4520 Paradise Road
   702-369-3366
 
      Embassy Suites (3.5 miles)
   4315 Swenson Street
   702-795-2800

 

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  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Registration

Q: How do I register for the event?
A: Click on the "New Registration" button under the register tab, or on the home banner.  Registration closes July 19, 2019.

Q: Is there a registration fee to sign-up?
A: No, this event is free of charge for all attendees.


Q: Can I register onsite?

A: Yes, if you miss the online registration cutoff (July 19), onsite registration will be available at Enclave.  Registration times are TBD.

Q: How do I register my exhibitor booth staff?

A: A unique expo password was sent to your team when your challenge submission was accepted. You must use password to register as an exhibitor.


Venue

Q: Is there parking at Enclave?
A: Yes, there is plenty of free parking on-site.

Q: Is there wifi in the venue?
A: Yes, the network is: AFWERX, and the password is: Fusion2019


Meals

Q: Are meals provided at the event?
A: No, meals are not provided. However, there will be lunch/snack options available for purchase at Enclave.

Q: Do you have a menu of the food that will be served?
A: A menu will be provided as the event approaches.


Attire

Q: What is the recommended dress?
A: Casual or business casual for civilians and UOD for military. We ask that if you're speaking or on a panel, to please come in short sleeve blues.


Schedule

Q: Who will be speaking at the event?
A: We are working to find the best speakers for our keynote series. As soon as the speakers and panelists are confirmed, the website will be updated.


Expo

Q: What is the plan for expo participants?
A: The expo will take place both days at Enclave. Challenge submissions were down selected to the top 50 - 100. When the top 50 - 100 register for the event, we will post their exhibit information to the event app.  A link to download the event app will be sent to all registrants a couple days prior to the event.

Q: Where can I submit a challenge submission?
A: You can submit your solution for the MDO challenge at afwerxchallenge.com/mdo

Media

Q: I'm a member of the media, how can I attend?
A: Media is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please select "Media" as your attendee type and more information will be sent following your registration.

Q: Am I allowed to take photos and video?
A: Yes, photography and videography are allowed.

 

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If you could not find the answers you were looking for in this site or FAQ page, please use the comment box to send us your question. 
We will continue to update the website with schedule additions and speaker names / topics as they become available.

 

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