Defense TechConnect

OCTOBER 18-21, 2021

RISE Innovation Challenge & Member Meeting
In alignment with the White House Infrastructure Plan and the National Defense Strategy, TechConnect is proud to partner with the RISE Consortium in addressing the Nation's profound infrastructure and energy security crises. The federal government is the world's largest user of energy, and the nation's largest landlord, including tens of thousands of buildings, critical infrastructure, communication networks and fleets of vehicles. However, its missions are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, natural and man-made disasters, and energy, food and water supply chain disruptions. The federal government is also uniquely positioned – through its world-class research and development portfolio and its procurement strategies – to spur innovation, commercialization, and deployment of innovative energy and infrastructure technologies to build a stronger, more resilient nation.

The RISE Consortium is managed in partnership by Converge Strategies,a consulting company focused on the intersection of clean energy, resilience, and national security, and by Advanced Technologies International (ATI), the Nation's leading R&D collaboration management firm overseeing a vast and extensive portfolio of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) consortia.

How to Participate

RISE Innovation Challenge

Submit and pitch your technology to top investment, industry and military tech-scouts. Submission is open to all, however RISE members qualify for a chance at the $50,000 RISE Innovation Award prize pool. Submit your proposal today!

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Join the RISE Consortium

Access the Nation's largest pipeline of dual-use emerging technology funding opportunities aligned with our most critical energy, climate and infrastructure challenges. RISE membership is free for qualified organizations. Join today!

Join RISE Today

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For RISE Innovation Challenge questions, please contact Jennifer Rocha, (Vice President, Strategic Partnerships) at


RISE Topics Include:

  • Smart Grid & Security
  • Energy Resilience & Security
  • Renewable Generation
  • Portable Power
  • Energy Storage & Access
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • 5G & Resilient Networks
  • AI & Autonomous Systems
  • Sensors & C5ISR
  • Cyber & Infrastructure Security
  • Urban Environments & Smart Cities
  • Food, Water, Supply Chain Resilience
  • Emergency Response & Mitigation
  • Climate Resilience Solutions

Premier Partners

Premier Partners

Key Sponsors

Key Sponsors

2021 TechConnect Sponsors & Partners

2021 TechConnect Sponsors & Partners

2020 SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

2020 SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

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