The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

AFRL Swarm and Search AI Challenge: January 2019 Fire Hack @ online
Jan 15 – Mar 14 all-day

January 2019 – An International Challenge, that’s close to home.

Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack

Fire maps are a critical component to combating the risks of wildfire season. Improved mission planning and new algorithm-based technology has the potential to minimize damage and save lives. These technologies may also have military defense applications.

It is the first of its kind, The Air Force Research Laboratory, in collaboration with the UK DSTL, are proud to announce Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack. The challenge, which begins in January of 2019, will explore new, and more efficient ways to plan complex UAS search and rescue missions.

Teams will compete against each other in the US or the UK, with a final showdown on March 29th – 31st 2019.

Details for U.S. Competition:

  • Team registration begins January 2019.
  • Online competition concludes on March 14, 2019.
  • Top 10 teams invited to participate in showdown. (team lead must be US citizen)
  • Showdown March 29-31, 2019.

Incentives for U.S. Competitors:

  • $5K cash prize to teams invited to showdown + Up to $5K available for travel.
  • Showdown winners cash prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
  • Winners showcased at 2019 AUVSI Conference and UK Embassy Showcase in Washington D.C.
  • Learn about upcoming funding opportunities.
  • Exposure to new markets and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Teams.

The formal competition opened on 15 January 2019 and there is still time to register.

Information and registration website:

DARPA-SN-19-26 Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML)- Proposers Day Webcast @ webcast
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program. The Proposers Day will be held via prerecorded webcast on February 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM and will repost at 3:00 PM. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.

The goals of the Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) Proposers Day are to: (a) introduce the research community (Proposers, Academia, and Government) to the Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program’s vision and goals; and (b) explain the mechanics of a DARPA program and the milestones of this particular effort.

Additional information regarding this special notice can be found at the following link:

Response Date: Feb 18, 2019 5:00 pm Eastern

Please send any questions regarding this notice to

2019 Hypersonics Capabilities Conference @ Purdue University
Mar 12 – Mar 14 all-day



NDIA, in partnership with Purdue University, will host a comprehensive program on hypersonic systems. Together with government, industry and academia partners, NDIA will present the technical foundations of hypersonic systems, the current approach to rapidly developing hypersonic capabilities, and the warfighter, policy, and acquisition perspectives to delivering a sustainable operational capability.


With keynotes from military, government, and congressional leaders, and presentations from industry, policy leaders and acquisition executives, this program will emphasize the importance of joint collaboration in technology development and acquisition to create an affordable and sustainable capability in a critical national security priority.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Warfighter Need for Hypersonic Capabilities & National Security Implications
  • Defense Acquisition Approach to Fielding Hypersonics
  • Navy, Air Force and Army Development Programs & Acquisition Approach
  • Hypersonic Technology Readiness


Early registration is now open through February 1st for the 2019 Hypersonics Capabilities Conference. To register, go to


Material covered on Tuesday, March 12th will be held at the unclassified level. Material covered on Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th will be limited to U.S. Citizen only and will be held at the secret level. All attendees, presenters and conference staff must have their VR input into JPAS by Friday, February 15th. Visit the event website for more information and to access the security form.


Ms. Meredith Mangas

DoD Unmanned Systems Summit @ Mary M. Gates Learning Center/United Way
Mar 13 – Mar 14 all-day

presented by Defense Strategies Institute 

DSI’s 7th Annual DoD Unmanned Systems Summit directly supports DoD/Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

Topics to be Covered at the 2019 Symposium:

  • Developing unmanned systems to defeat near peer threats in future fights
  • Challenges faced integrating unmanned systems across the force
  • Reducing soldier workload through human-machine teaming
  • Improving Unmanned system interoperability
  • Developments in unmanned swarm research
  • Weaponizing UxS air and ground systems
  • Delivering Naval dominance through unmanned capabilities
  • Efforts to integrate UxS’ into the National Airspace

At our Summit You Will Have the Ability to:

  • Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing communications and networking leaders.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

Why You Should Attend

This educational Summit will bring together senior DoD officials, military leaders, academia, and solution providers to enhance the interoperability and tactical capabilities of UxS across the services. DSI’s 2019 Unmanned Systems for DoD will emphasize the increased need to develop UxS technology as the national defense focus shifts from counterinsurgency back to a great power fight. As potential enemies increase their unmanned capabilities, the United States will have to develop systems of their own. These systems will have to increase warfighter functions and provide commanders with unmatched capabilities. This Summit will feature the growing role of UxSs in our country’s military and focus particularly on the needs of the various services to dominate on the future battlefield. This summit will feature senior-level discussions that emphasize the critical need for common controllers and interoperability to further enhance the effectiveness and accuracy of UxS across the services. This program will allow for open and honest dialogue to solve the nation’s most difficult technical and strategic challenges while bridging the UxS capability gap among the services.

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees

  • DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, IC, DHS, and Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
  • DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
  • The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)
Opportunity Discovery with the Air Force STTR Program and Local Resources
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) AFRL Small Business Hub and the Air Force SBIR STTR office is teaming up for an STTR focus day on March 14, 2019 in Dayton, OH.


A lot of Industry is very familiar with the SBIR process, but there is another big piece missing and that is the Small Business Tech Transfer (STTR) program. This program is a sister set-aside program to facilitate cooperative Research and Development (R&D) between small business concerns and U.S. research institutions – with potential for commercialization.
The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program is in the midst of a major transformation to accelerate critical new technologies to the warfighter, which includes a renewed emphasis on STTR projects.

STTR topics, which require a small business to partner with a research institution, typically account for fewer than 25 percent of the total Air Force SBIR/STTR topics offered during a Broad Agency Announcement. As a result, they are often overlooked as a commercial opportunity and have a relatively low commercialization rate. Commercialization encompasses the transition of technology to Air Force use as well as commercial sales.

The Air Force is committed to fully realizing a return on investment from STTR and increasing technology transitions/STTR. While less than 25 percent of the overall program, STTR still accounts for a $70 million annual investment in small businesses and research institutions. We have a massive opportunity to positively impact the Air Force mission.

Focus of the Collider:

  • Raising awareness that many of the same resources applicable to SBIR topics are also available to support STTR topics, including the Commercialization Readiness Program and Phase III contracts. CRP support often helps overcome significant hurdles to transitions while Phase III denotes funding from outside the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program and is a critical commercialization benchmark.
  • Representatives from all Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Technology Directorates will be available for individual meetings, and workshops will be held on a variety of topics, such as STTR basics and Phase III contracts. Some industry representatives will also be attending.
  • Identify Industry partners to provide consultative services to STTR teams – include those whose expertise is Federal Contracting as well as those who specialize in commercializing Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Identify STTR Topics for AFRL

Information/Agenda and Registration:

Don’t miss this great opportunity to help educate you on the STTR process and new initiatives. Limited space available

DARPA-SN-19-35 Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) Proposers Day in person and Webcast @ in person at the Executive Conference Center & via webcast
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. The Proposers Day will be held on March 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required both for attending the Proposers Day in person and for viewing the webcast.

The principal objective of the ONISQ program is to demonstrate quantitative advantage of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) over the best classical methods for solving combinatorial optimization problems using Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices. In addition, the program will identify families of problem instances in combinatorial optimization where QIP is likely to have the biggest impact.

The goals of the ONISQ Proposers Day are to: (a) introduce the research community (Proposers, Academia, and Government) to the ONISQ program vision and goals; (b) explain the mechanics of a DARPA program and the milestones of this particular effort, and (c) encourage and promote teaming arrangements among potential organizations that have the relevant expertise, facilities, and capabilities for executing a research and development program responsive to the ONISQ program goals.

Additional information regarding this special notice can be found at the following link:


In-person Registration Deadline:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first

Webinar Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first


Please send any questions regarding this notice to

Global Aerospace Update and Opportunities @ Engineers Club of Dayton
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

sponsored by the Ohio Aerospace Institute and the Dayton Development Coalition

Join the Ohio Aerospace Institute and partners, Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Federal Research Network, US Department of Commerce Aerospace team & British Consulate General Midwest office, for an informative program and update on the Aerospace Market from a Global perspective and how US companies can benefit from a US UK trade agreement and how Brexit can affect the Global Aerospace Market.

Hear from a UK based Aerospace Manufacturer located in Ohio, and what opportunities exist as well as future technologies key to the Aerospace Industry.

Aerospace Opportunities @ Paradigm Center
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Ohio Aerospace Institute and the Ohio Federal Research Network invite you to participate in this informational interactive program for local manufacturers who are currently supporting the Aerospace & Defense Industry or would like to become involved in the supply chain. Hear from Dr. John Sankovic, CEO of The Ohio Aerospace Institute, and Mr. Dennis Andersh, Director of the Ohio Federal Research Network.

We would like input from the companies as to what capabilities and needs they have to help support and grow the Aerospace sector. We will be hosting these programs in various parts of the region. We would like to keep the meetings small and interactive in an effort to create synergy and collaboration among the participants.

The Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council is supportive of increasing the role of organizations within the State in the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) of aircraft. Ohio’s central location (500 miles to 60% of general aviation traffic) and large “aircraft population” (10,386 aircraft registered in Ohio) make it an ideal focal point for US MRO activity. With aircraft fleets rapidly aging/ the cost of replacement continues to be an important issue. Ohio already has many hidden MRO assets that are gems in the industry. Military, commercial and non-commercial services are readily available.

Additionally, Ohio’s aerospace supply network is a key asset in the expansion of Ohio’s aircraft MRO industry. Ohio’s diverse parts manufacturing and services provide unparalleled base for inventory. As the industry continues to grow in the commercial market, the need for access to quick turn parts and service will have companies looking to Ohio.

The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is looking to develop a strong network of Northeast Ohio companies currently working in commercial aviation MRO, link those companies to prime manufacturers and to lower tier suppliers, and to investigate the potential of the commercial MRO network to provide services to military aviation customers.

In addition, we will inform participants about the growing UAV and UAS market in the USA and how Ohio is positioned to become a major provider in the market. We will discuss what opportunities and needs that exist for local manufactures to become part of the supply chain and support the growth, as well as opportunities for research and development.

We hope you are able to join us for this program to support the needs and growth of the Industry locally and globally. There is no charge to attend this event however we do request you rsvp for an accurate count, as breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP to:
Questions: 440.962.3014 or 216.577.1235

OAI SBIR Workshop – Life Science and Health Care Technologies @ Ohio Aerospace Institute
Apr 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This day-long workshop is for small businesses seeking to understand the nuances and best strategies for successfully competing for the Nation’s largest seed fund: between the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies, approximately half of the $2.5 – billion SBIR/STTR funding is directed at health care and life science innovations. Learn from former NIH SBIR/STTR manager what reviewers are looking for and understand how to properly construct a competitive application. The focus will be on life science and health care technologies with attention to the similarities and differences between the NIH and NSF SBIR programs.

Featured Speaker will be Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, bioPrime, LLC, a former executive manager of the SBIR/STTR programs across the NIH, FDA and CDC.

You will also hear from Vedang Kothari, CEO and President of MuReva Phototherapy.  He will share his experience and insights from the recent company launch of MuReva and their experience with SBIR and other funding in a successful start-up.

The program will also include Deborah Riley of MSM Group, Inc. who will give a basic tutorial on DCAA compliant accounting system requirements for small businesses.

Apr 29 – May 2 all-day

Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on next practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

See event site for details and registration