Defense TechConnect

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2022

Accelerating Innovation for the Nation

Connecting top agency, military and industry leadership with the world's best innovations. Don't miss over $400,000 in innovation prizes and over $50 billion in contracting authority!

2022 Confirmed and Invited Speakers Include:

Lisa Sanders Lisa Sanders
Director of Science & Technology for Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

John Williams John Williams
Director of Innovation, Office of Innovation and Technology, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Investment and Innovation

Brad Chedister Brad Chedister
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, DEFENSWERX

Alf Carroll Maxwell Alf Carroll
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt, Raytheon Technologies

Reginald Thomas Reginald Thomas
Deputy Director, Branch Head, Logistics Combat Element (LCE) Division, Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O), U.S. Marine Corps

Ross Roley Ross Roley
Energy Innovation Lead, J8, U.S. Indo Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)

Colonel Gina Adam Colonel Gina Adam
Commander, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity
Kawakahi Amina Kawakahi Amina
Logistics Science and Technology Lead, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)

Bob Smith Bob Smith
Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Navy
Susan Celis Susan Celis
Deputy SBIR/STTR Program Manager, OUSD, (R-E) Small Business and Technology Partnerships, U.S. Department of Defense

Conrad Clyburn Conrad Clyburn
CEO, MedForeSight

Tim Fowler Tim Fowler

Becky Aistrup Becky Aistrup
Managing Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting

Isabella Casillas Guzman Isabella Casillas Guzman
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Roberto Guerrero Roberto Guerrero
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force-IE&E, US Air Force

Major Steve Lauver Major Steve Lauver
Division Chief, AFWERX

George Ka'iliwai, III George Ka'iliwai, III
Director, Resources and Assessment (J8), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)
Colonel Jay Wisham Colonel Jay Wisham
Director, Army Applications Lab

Dusty Lang Dusty Lang
Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Harry Dreany Harry Dreany
Artificial Intelligence Development Lead, U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab
Craig Owens Craig Owens
Corporate & Aeronautics Program Mgr, Small Business Innovation Research - SBIR, Lockheed Martin

Sharon Myers Sharon Myers
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Focal, Boeing

Lawrence Pleis Lawrence Pleis
Chief, Logistics Programs & Assessments Division (CCJ4), U.S. Central Command
Ben Schrag Ben Schrag
Senior Program Director, SBIR/STTR Programs, NSF

 Jennifer Shieh Jennifer Shieh
Chief Scientist and Program Manager Office of Innovation and Technology Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

James (Jim) Caley (Col., USMC, Ret.) James (Jim) Caley (Col., USMC, Ret.)
Director of Operational Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, U.S. Navy
Kevin McGrath Kevin McGrath
Strategic Initiatives Manager, Mission Systems Global Supply Chain (GSC), Northrop Grumman

Michael Wu Michael Wu
Principal, Converge Strategies

Jerry Hollister Jerry Hollister
Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Ron Owens Ron Owens
Programs and Assessment, US Central Command (USCENTCOM)

Dave Rios Dave Rios
DTIC-IAC Field Advisor, USCENTCOM, Cloud Lake Technology, LLC


"What a great show this year. Thank you for letting us be a part of it and we are already volunteering for next year in DC. A technology we found at this event will have an impact on War fighters and Civilians."



"It was an absolute pleasure to work with TechConnect and we look forward to working with you again soon."



"We are already looking forward to our participation next year."

US Air Force Space Command



Program Exec Officers (PEO, Senior Execs (SES, Flag Officers & Program Managers

$40+ Billion

in Contracting Authority


Government Contracting Offices


Exhibitors & Innovators in 2021


5 Co-located Events

"We made some really good contacts. I have been sharing the information with my colleagues. See you next year in DC!"

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Sustainment, US Department of Defense


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