Defense TechConnect Conference & Expo
Co-Located with SBIR Fall Innovation Summit
Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo


2018 Keynote Speakers

Bob Buckhorn

Mayor, City of Tampa

Dale Ormond

Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense

Lisa Sanders

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

Colonel Ché Bolden

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7 Modernization and Development, Installations Command, US Marine Corps

Dr. Chris Fall (invited)

Acting Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

John Williams

Director of Innovation and Technology, SBA, Office of Investment and Innovation

2018 Speakers & Challenge Panelists

Becky Aistrup

Managing Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Anthony Aldrich

SBIR Program Manager, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

David Asiello

DoD Sustainability Program, ASD I&E, US Department of Defense

Curtis Banks

Research Physicist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Tyler Bennett

Deputy for Acquisition, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency

Kathleen Berst

DHA Program Manager; USAMMDA Activity Deputy for Acquisition, DHA and U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA)

Rich Bishop

CEO, RaS - 2 Consulting & Services

Marc Blumenthal

General Partner, Florida Funders

William Bray (invited)

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, US Navy

James (Jim) Caley (Col., USMC, Ret.)

Director of Operational Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, U.S. Navy

Susan Celis

Program Director Small Business Programs Office, DARPA

Mary Clague

Program Manager, SBIR, NIST

John David

Deputy Director, Threat Reduction Division, The Tauri Group, LLC

Scott Dockum

Program Coordinator, USDA

Harry Dreany

Scientist and Researcher, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Abraham Ellis

Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Holly Elwood

Senior Advisor, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, EPA

W. Daniel “Danny” Featherston

Program Manager of the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM)

Vince Garcia

Program Manager, SBIR, NOAA (US Department of Commerce)

Tom Gillespie

Partner, In-Q-Tel

Steve Gorin

Lead Defense Programs and Laboratory Program Manager, Strategic Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jim Greenwood

Founder, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.

Joseph Haack

DoD Information Analysis Center Field Representative, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

Mulugeta Haile

Research Aerospace Engineer and Research Team Leader, Army Research Laboratory

Scott Hasse

Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

John Heinzel

Program Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command

Eliza Hotchkiss

Technical Project Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ed Jameson

CPA, Managing Partner, Jameson & Company LLC

Jeffrey Johnson

Regional Command Information Officer, Naval District Washington

Jan Kallberg

Cyber Policy Fellow, US Army Cyber Institute-West Point

Gene Keselman

Executive Director, MIT Innovation Initiative

Amrita Kumar

Executive Vice President, Acellent Technologies, Inc.

Carl Kutsche

Chief Technologist, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Idaho National Laboratory

Craig Lawton

Manager - Mathematical Analysis and Decision Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories

Jon Magnuson

SBIR Technology Lead, Boeing Phantom Works

Nick Maynard

Chief Strategy Officer, US Ignite

Scott McCain

Lead Associate, Operational Energy Capability and Risk Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs

Joyce McLaren

Senior Research Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Chris McNeal

Senior Advisor for Strategy and Operations, U.S. SBA

Paul Michaels

Director, Office of Research and Technical Applications (ORTA)/Chief, Medical Technology Transfer, United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC)

Karen Moore

Operational Energy Manager, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT)

Joel Mozer

Chief Scientist, Air Force Space Command

Alan Nanco

Manager, Military and Energy Systems Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories

Major Danny Nelson

Pathways Manager, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

Major Brandon Newell (invited)

Chair, Mobility Transformation Working Group, U.S. Marine Corps

Chris O'Gwin

Outreach and Assistance Program Manager, SBIR/STTR, US Department of Energy

Manny Oliver

Director, SBIR/STTR Program Office, US Department of Energy

Lawrence Pleis

Deputy Director for Logistics and Engineering, U.S. Central Command

Larry Pollack

Program Manager, SBIR/STTR, Joint Science & Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD), Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Sheriff Mike Prendergast

Sheriff, Citrus County, Citrus County Sheriff's Office Headquarters

Robert Quinn

Founder and CEO, Raven Spatial

James Reed

DOD Disposal Policy Manager, Defense Logistics Agency

April Richards

Program Manager, SBIR, U.S. EPA

Dave Rios

DTIC-IAC Field Representative, J8 S&T, USCENTCOM

Paul Roege (Col, US Army, Ret)

Partner, Creative Erg, LLC

Ross Roley

Energy Innovation Office Lead, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)

Brett Scharringhausen

Deputy Chief, Science and Technology Division & Command Science Advisor, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM)

Lt Col Kurt Schiller

Director, Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O)

Brittany Sickler

Outreach and Partnership Strategist, Office of Innovation, US SBA

Robert Smith

Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Navy and DOD Rapid Innovation Fund

Troy Warshal

Director of Current Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, U.S. Department of Defense


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