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

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

Ohio Cyber Dialogue with Industry @ Hope Hotel and Conference Center
May 7 – May 8 all-day

Cyber @ the Edge – 
Cyber Resilience and Effective Deterrence Strategies for the Future


Electronic commerce, communication and collaboration have transformed the fabric of global society. U.S. national interests are served by protecting the cyber ecosystem that has evolved and expanded to the edge of our daily activities. This cyber edge encompasses personal handheld devices, a myriad of internet-enabled devices, and critical infrastructure. U.S. prosperity and national security depend on open and reliable access to the cyber ecosystem. Nations and criminals that are deterred from directly confronting U.S. military strength or contesting our law enforcement resources, are using cyberspace operations in day-to-day competition to exploit a perceived advantage and harm our interests.

The 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Strategy articulates how the Department will implement the priorities of the National Defense Strategy in and through cyberspace. The strategy emphasizes cyber resilience and deterrence in the face of cyber threats and malicious cyber activities to actively, and potentially proactively, survive, preempt or defeat malicious cyber activity that targets US critical infrastructure, DoD information systems, weapon systems, and national security interests. An area of emerging capability is deliberately-engineered trustworthy and resilient systems that automatically respond at “light speed” to intercept and halt cyber threats. The Strategy also acknowledges the need to leverage Commercial capabilities where feasible to reduce reliance on expensive, custom-built software that is difficult to maintain or upgrade at the speed of the evolving threat.

Together, we will explore the emerging capabilities that artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing enable; to fight-through and fight-back against cyber threats. We will discuss the concept of “defending forward” and “Active Cyber Defense” in both military and law enforcement contexts. We will explore the multitude of opportunities, issues and risks of employing resilience and deterrence mechanisms; carefully considered across the spectrum of technical, policy, and legal domains.

See event website for more details –

Techstars Startup Week Dayton 2019 @ Steam Plant
Jun 3 – Jun 7 all-day

Techstars Startup Week Dayton 2019

The 4th annual Techstars Startup Week Dayton will be June 3-7, 2019.

Basecamp will once again be at the Steam Plant, located at 617 E. 3rd St. in downtown Dayton.

The former Dayton Power & Light steam generation facility opened in the early 20th century and operated until the mid-1980s. Its new owners have tapped that historic appeal and renovated the building into a full-service event space which first served as Dayton Startup Week base camp in 2018.

Startup Week brings together the thinkers, dreamers, doers, makers, entrepreneurs around cups of coffee, pints of beer, and small stages spaced throughout local establishments. All experiences are welcome — whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the community, there is space for you to jump in.

In past years, we’ve heard from tech companies to marketing experts, venture capitalists to local coffee roasters.

This year, we’re planning sessions on business elements like marketing, sales, capital, and branding, as well as targeted sessions for medtech, defense, food, and artist entrepreneurs.

Connect and collaborate during this week of diverse speakers and workshops.

See website for more details

Discover DSO Day @ DARPA Conference Center (and Webcast)
Jun 18 – Jun 19 all-day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring the Discover DSO Day (D3) event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The event will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19, 2019 at the DARPA Conference Center (675 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required for both the physical meeting and the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.


Advance registration via the below website is required for attending the D3 event in person and for receiving access to the webcast. The advance registration requirement applies to every
individual intending to view the webcast—either alone or as part of a group. There will be no on‐site registration.

  • Registration website:
  • Registration opens: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  • Registration closes: At 5:00 PM on the date listed below or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
    • In-person attendance: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    • Webcast attendance: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

There is no fee for registering to view the webcast.

Due to the limitations of the conference facility space, in-person attendance is restricted to the first 176 registrants with a maximum of 5 individuals from any one organization and no more
than 2 representatives per division/department of that organization. Interested parties are encouraged to coordinate attendance internally within their organizations prior to registration.
Registrants in excess of the maximum capacity limitations (176 for in-person attendance and 500 for the webcast) will be added to a waitlist. Individuals who are unable to register for in-person
attendance because the deadline has occurred or capacity has been reached will have the option of choosing to be added to the waitlist OR registering to view the webcast sessions. If slots for
in-person attendance become available due to cancellations, the slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis from the waitlist

For D3 agenda and registration instructions, please visit:

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) @ Dayton Convention Center
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

Life Cycle Industry Days, will be held at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio from June 19th through June 21st. Due to increased popularity and attendance over the past several years, the venue has been moved to a larger facility to allow for more collaboration. The theme this year is “Improving Warfighter Readiness by Strengthening Alliances”featuring keynote presentations by top acquisition leaders and forecast briefings from our Air Force Program Executive Officers.

In keeping with this year’s theme, attendees will be able to sit in on outstanding presentations and listen to panel driven discussions for a more interactive experience. Some of the panels you can expect this year are Innovation in Readiness Across the Materiel Enterprise, Supply Chain Management and the always popular PEO and CEO panels. There are many exciting panels you will not want to miss. Industry can schedule one-on-one meetings with AF PEOs, and have opportunities to discuss partnerships between large and small businesses.

This year, LCID wraps up on Friday the 21st, just before the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday and Sunday. Plan to stay in the area an extra day or two and see all the great performances, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds. You won’t be disappointed. Mark your calendars now, as we look forward to sharing with you opportunities and having you collaborate in helping resolve some of our most pressing challenges.


See event site for details

OFRN Round 4 Funding Information Session @ Columbus Airport Marriott
Jun 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) is preparing for its next round of funding.

There will be an OFRN Round 4 funding information session in Columbus, OH on June 27, 2019.

The Ohio Federal Research Network Round 4 Funding Information Session will give an overview of the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), OFRN’s Sustaining Ohio’s Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING) initiative, and the soon to be released OFRN Round 4 RFP.

Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in learning about the OFRN and the Round 4 RFP should attend this informational briefing.

Additional event details to come….

Registration is free. Space is limited so register early!

Want to receive OFRN Round 4 funding updates? Sign up to receive OFRN updates.

The Wright Dialogue with Industry @ Dayton Convention Center
Jul 16 – Jul 18 all-day

The WDI event offers three (3) days of in-depth and comprehensive presentations, panels, and one-on-one sessions related to the Air Force and technology focus areas and aerospace research and development. Portfolios for each of AFRL’s Technical Directorates and supporting organizations will be presented by the Tech Directors and SMEs.

To qualify to attend the conference, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
All non-government attendees (including contractors) are required to have a government
Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) certified DD form 2345

Early Bird Rate Until June 15

Additional information available at event website

Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Registrations accepted through July 22, 2019.

hosted by the AFRL Junior Force Council in collaboration with the Wright Brothers Institute.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Science & Technology Symposium has been rescheduled for July 24, 1-5 p.m., at the Top of the Market Banquet Center in Dayton.

This event was originally scheduled to happen May 29, but was postponed after several tornadoes struck the local area on Memorial Day.

AFRL has established a Junior Force Council (JFC) whose charter, in part, is to provide professional development opportunities for those Active Duty and Civilian Air Force personnel who have less than 10 years of experience.  This symposium allows participants to engage with  some of today’s brightest scientists & engineers who are discovering the technologies that will drive the next wave of business growth. Uncover new opportunities to collaborate & accelerate the development of state-of-the-art technologies.

The symposium is free, and open to academia and industry. Featured technology fields include Sensing, Materials and Manufacturing, Aerospace Systems, Medical, and Health and Human Performance.

The event begins with keynote speaker Dr. Teresa Bennett, Chief Learning Officer of AFRL, followed by speakers from other government agencies and researchers. The event wraps up with a one-hour poster session where AFRL junior force will showcase their work and have meet and greets with other attendees who are interested in being mentors.

Join the JFC and researchers from across academia, industry, & government in an interactive presentation and poster session.  Featured technology fields include: – Sensing, Materials & Manufacturing, Aerospace Systems, & Medical, Health, & Human Performance. Uncover new opportunities to collaborate & accelerate the development of state-of-the-art technologies.

Networking & Relationship Building

Broaden your peer network & explore the possibilities for collaboration with other researchers who are working on similar challenges. Find common areas of interest around professional & personal career goals.Register to attend, submit your research for display or consider becoming a mentor for junior force members.

Register to attend, submit your research for display or consider becoming a mentor for junior force members. Registration and more information about the symposium is available at: