Innovation continues to be a focus of strategic discussions within the Department of Defense as they increasingly confront nimble drone and autonomous technologies on the battlefield and are seeking advanced counter technologies to support our troops.
Our panel of experts from
Raytheon, the U.S. Air Force AFwerX, Draper Labs and MIT Lincoln Laboratory will discuss how recent and future innovations in commercial detection, tracking, identification, characterization, and mitigation technologies can and will benefit the military with quicker adoption and reduction in procurement prices. Startup Showcase
Following the panel discussion, we'll head upstairs to the R&D Commons for some appetizers, beverages and an interactive startup showcase with companies from the Techstars Autonomous Technology class of 2018 and MIT student and Alumni founders. Learn about their tech, ask questions, and vote on your favorite technology and the best elevator pitches. Appetizers and beverages will be served.
, Chitra Sivanandam Technology Strategist, Raytheon. Chitra is developing partnerships and investment strategies that serve the DoD/Intel market as well as commercial markets. She is a tech junkie and entrepreneur who has experience in startups, large corporations, and prior to her most recent role, served as the Director of Blackbird Technologies, and technical staff at In-Q-Tel.
. A graduate of the of the US Air Force Academy and pilot, Captain Lauver is an entrepreneur at heart having co-founded Nodify Inc. in 2012 and recently helped to create the AFwerX innovation team which is helping to change the way the Air Force identifies and potentially adopts new technologies. Captain Steven Lauver, Deputy Director, A8XP Innovation Branch, United States Air Force, AFwerX
, Scott Van Broekhoven Group Leader, MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In this role, he oversees a multidisciplinary team developing a novel system and technology concepts that address the nation's critical security challenges. Projects include the investigation of novel communication, navigation, and autonomous systems.
, Ted Steiner Senior Member Technical Staff, Draper Laboratory. Ted is in the Perception and Localization Systems group, where he works on vision-aided inertial navigation systems for humans and autonomous vehicles operating in GPS-denied environments, including high-speed autonomous drones. He is currently Co-Principle Investigator for the NASA Wearable Kinematic System program and software development lead for the Draper/MIT team on the DARPA Fast Lightweight Autonomy program.
Warren Katz, Managing Director, TechStars Autonomous Technology Accelerator
Registration & Networking: 5:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion: 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Tech Showcase: 7:45 PM -9:00 PM