Innovators' Showcase

Abstract submissions are closed for the 2019 Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Innovators’ Showcase.

Held in partnership with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, this event exposes key S&T and procurement officials from across the DOD and IC to bleeding-edge innovations from industry and academia.

Areas of interest:

Chem/Bio Defense
  • Prevention of deadly chemicals and pathogens. Innovations that create higher barriers to the creation of biotechnology that can have catastrophic effects, whether intentional or not.
  • Detection of deadly chemicals and pathogens. Innovations that rapidly and accurately identify harmful biotechnology and share information with necessary partners
Information Security and Assurance
  • Encryption. Innovations in cryptographic science capable of being deployed in both offensive and defensive mission capacities.
Networking and High-Performance Computing
  • High Performance Computing. Innovations that enable high-performance computing through the utilization of disparate and discrete platforms that participate in a private or detached cloud environment.
  • Next Generation Architectures. Next generation computer architectures or platforms capable of achieving computational scale beyond that of current conventional systems.
  • Internet of Things (IoT). Innovations within IoT that create new and/or novel capabilities to sense presence, geolocation, changes in atmospheric conditions, human attributes for identity management, systemic activity, changes in inertia/movement, presence and location of energy (RF, nuclear, phonic), and presence of matter (molecular, biological, chemical, etc.).
  • Unauthorized Nuclear Proliferation Prevention. Innovations that create a cost imposing hindrance to the development or weaponizing of atomic energy.
  • Nuclear Detection. Innovations that increase the likelihood of detecting nuclear fissile materials, or trace agents, present in a wide variety of materials.
  • Nuclear Standards/Treaty Compliance. Innovations that improve the efficiency of missions tasked with verifying compliance with international agreements related to the production or destruction of nuclear weapons.
Persona and Identity Management
  • Social Media. Innovations relevant to protecting or removing anonymity utilizing social media, internet-connected
    data stores, and other assets associated with life in a fully digital world.
  • Ephemeris Identity Telemetry. Innovations in identifying characteristics such as biometrics, geolocation, digital signatures, and geo-environmental association.
Traditional Mission Areas

Innovations that address pressing challenges related to traditional mission areas that represent a significant threat to the U.S. and our partners. Examples include signals and imagery sensing; tagging, tracking and locating (TTL); identifying financial transactions associated with terrorism; combating non-nation state actors; and counterintelligence priorities such as preventing foreign influence operations.

  • Global Supply Chain. Innovations that improve our ability to detect counterfeit components, identify risks inherent in the supply chain, or help ensure compliance with supply chain risk mitigation requirements.
Other Game-Changing Ideas

If you have innovative research that is germane to helping sustain U.S. technological advantage or has the potential to enable a cost imposing strategy on adversaries of the United States and its allied nations, we encourage you to submit an abstract.

About the Showcase

Up to 24 submissions will be selected for inclusion in the Innovators’ Showcase, taking place May 2 in McLean, VA. Presenters at this one-day exhibition will deliver brief, "Shark Tank"pitches to senior government procurement and S&T leaders, whose mission and application needs may provide future funding opportunities.  Abstracts should be one-page, unclassified and nonproprietary. 

Download the call for abstracts (PDF)

Attending the Showcase

This event is only open to the U.S. Government S&T community. For information, contact This event requires a TS/SCI clearance and is not open to press or other uncleared audiences.

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Premier Sponsor ($5,500) - SOLD
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Registration Sponsor ($3,000)
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Supporting Sponsor ($2,500)
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 Since 2010, the Innovators’ Showcase has given academia and the private sector an opportunity to present independent research and development initiatives with national security applications to key S&T and procurement officials from across DOD and the IC. Held in partnership with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Showcase fosters dialogue between government and outside organizations regarding technical challenges and solutions.


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