Defense TechConnect

OCTOBER 18-21, 2021


Where the Department of Defense (DoD) Meets the Innovation Community


Entering its ninth year, the annual Defense TechConnect (DTC) Summit, co-located with the Fall SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference and Operational Energy and Logistics Summit (OE&L), brings together defense, private industry, federal agency, and academic leadership to accelerate state-of-the-art technology solutions for the military and national security. This year's key focus areas include but are not limited to energy, climate, cyber, biodefense, space, advanced manufacturing, and 5G.

The DTC supports innovation imperatives in the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and is a unique platform to reach thousands of public and private leaders focused on innovation and technology to support the warfighter. At last year's Defense Innovation Summit (virtual), more than 1,300+ one-on-one meetings took place, 200+ virtual booths and tabletop displays in the Exhibit Hall representing private sector companies and non-traditional innovators, and close to 40 breakout sessions.

The annual DTC is one of the most well-attended defense innovation conferences of the year. We are proud to be one of the original innovation hubs to support the DOD and its missions.


  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • AI, Big Data, Analytics
  • Biodefense
  • C5ISR, Electronics & Comms
  • Cybersecurity (Networks & Physical Infrastructure)
  • Energy, Efficiency, Environmental, Climate Change
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • Nanotech & Advanced Materials
  • Sensors & Systems
  • Space Technologies
  • UAVs/Drones & Robotics


DOD/S&T Scouts


innovations connected


agency one-on-ones


SBIR funding


sourced gov funds


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