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

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:

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:

2019 AIAA INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS WORKSHOP @ University of Cincinnati
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

Organized by AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee
July 29-30, 2019
At University of Cincinnati

Experts from Industry, academia, NASA, AFRL, Army, MITRE, and ONR will discuss on the following important topics related to intelligent and autonomous systems.

  1. Human Machine Interaction,
  2. Security of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems,
  3. Integrating Autonomy into Existing Ecosystems,
  4. Developing an Intelligent Systems Workforce.

Why Attend?

  • Opportunity to meet researchers and program managers from major programs across the nation.
  • Open and intimate conversations with colleagues across a wide spectrum of disciplines on today’s top problems.
  • Lightning Talk Competition and Poster Session for Students. Three cash awards sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation.
  • Students interested in internships, fulltime jobs, and graduate school will be able to network with potential employers.
  • Optional Tour of General Electric Learning Center on July 31st.

Keynote Speakers

  • John Langford, CEO Aurora Flight Sciences (A Boeing Company) and President AIAA.
  • Tim McLain, Director Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University.

Plenary Speakers

  • John-Paul “J-P” Clarke, Vice President of Strategic Technologies at United Technologies Corporation. Session: Human Machine Interaction.
  • J. Sukarno Mertoguno, Program Manager, Cyber Security and Complex Software Systems, Office of Naval Research. Session: Security of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems.
  • Parimal Kopardekar, Director Aeronautics Research Institute and Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System at NASA. Session: Integrating Autonomy into Existing Ecosystems
  • Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce Development DriveOhio.  Session: Developing an Intelligent Systems Workforce.

Registration Info

NDIA Hypersonics Capabilities Conference @ Purdue University
Jul 30 – Aug 1 all-day
NDIA, in partnership with Purdue University, will host a comprehensive program on hypersonic systems July 30 – August 1, 2019 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Maximize your organization’s participation at the conference with a tabletop display or sponsorship. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate, space is limited, register today!

About the Program

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

Registration and Security

Register today to join key industry and government stakeholders at this premier conference at Purdue University July 30 – August 1, 2019.
Material covered on Tuesday, July 30 will be held at the unclassified level. Material covered on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1 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, July 12. Visit the event website for more information and to access the security form.

For details and registration information, go to the event website

UAS Midwest 2019 @ Clark State Community College Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see why the FAA authorized Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations to the US Air Force Research Laboratory in the state of Ohio, and how you can fly BVLOS.

This year’s event will reflect the advancements in this fast-paced industry throughout the Midwest, and how Ohio is leading the way in Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.  As the technology and approvals advance, this regional focus will encourage collaboration and commercial partnerships throughout the Midwest.

See event website for details and registration