Published on
May 22, 2024
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We're thrilled to look back on the insightful discussions and collaborative spirit that characterized the Air and Space Force Tech Connect Workshop, held on April 30 and May 1, 2024, at The Arcade in Dayton, OH. With over 45 attendees, including representatives from industry, government, and academia, this event served as a pivotal platform for thought leaders to explore emerging trends and contribute to shaping the future of Air Force and Space Force Tech Connect.  

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About the Event: 

The Air and Space Force Tech Connect Workshop, powered by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Academic Partnership Experiment (APEX), provided invaluable insights into Department of the Air Force Air and Space science and technology opportunities. It facilitated discussions, shared contacts, and streamlined idea submission processes, fostering innovation and collaboration across diverse sectors. 

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Key Takeaways: 

  • Logistical and Event Management Support: APEX played a pivotal role in organizing various logistical aspects of the workshop, ensuring smooth logistics and efficient event management. 

  • MarCom & Outreach Support: APEX provided comprehensive marketing and communications support, enhancing the workshop's impact and reach within the innovation community. 

  • Strengthened Partnerships: The workshop facilitated valuable networking opportunities, allowing APEX to enhance collaboration efforts and drive innovation forward. 

  • Enhanced Understanding: Participation in discussions provided deeper insights into the evolving needs and priorities of the DAF and Space Force Tech Connect initiatives. 

  • Networking Opportunities: Building connections with thought leaders across sectors can lead to future collaborations and knowledge exchange. 

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As we reflect on the success of the Air and Space Force Tech Connect Workshop, we look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to drive innovation and advance the goals of the Department of the Air Force. Thank you to all attendees for your contributions and commitment to shaping the future of innovation in defense. 



About Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX)      

APEX cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the Department of the Air Force by engaging, connecting, and enabling innovators across academia, industry, and the Department of Defense. APEX utilizes data analytics to identify transformational operational defense solutions in academia, industry, and government sectors; provides process navigation services for academic teams and small businesses and enhances cross-sector engagement by providing direct connections to the technology needs of multiple Department of Defense programs.