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DARPA Forward Takes National Security Innovation “On the Road”


Starting in late August, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is convening a series of six conferences, in conjunction with leading research universities, designed to connect DARPA program leaders with leading researchers and innovators throughout the United States.

Dubbed “DARPA Forward,” the outreach is designed to help DARPA and representatives from other federal research agencies connect with new communities of talent, and to lay the groundwork for partnership explorations designed to advance defense innovation.

The program content will cover 10 technology-related domains, including air/space, ground, virtual, bio/medical, electromagnetic, materials/manufacturing, computing/AI/cyber, and social media.

Participants will hear from world-renowned scientists, accomplished innovators, and senior defense leaders about new capabilities, as well as the rapidly evolving challenges faced by warfighters. The event will also feature the “DARPA Risers,” a small cadre of early career scientists and engineers whose research is related to national security and demonstrates the potential for technological surprise.

Six conferences are planned from August through December:

30-31 AugustColorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
13-14 SeptemberWashington State University (Pullman, WA)
4-5 OctoberThe Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
25-26 OctoberGeorgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
15-16 NovemberTexas A&M University (College Station, TX)
13-14 DecemberUniversity of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA)

The six hybrid events are open for general registration with a registration fee of $350 per event (which includes meals and a reception) for in-person participation or $25 per event for virtual participation. In-person attendance will be limited by capacity, and DARPA encourages in-person attendance for one event only.


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