Actions and Detail Panel
DEFx Silicon Valley
Sat, November 12, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST
America's heart of entrepreneurial innovation is Silicon Valley. When Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter launched the DIUx in 2015, he made it clear that DoD has a lot to learn from the valley. The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum has been saying that for years, and so we are proud and incredibly excited to announce our inaugural #DEFxSV conference at Stanford University.
Showcasing the keen insights of emerging leaders--both in and out of the military--you will be able to hear multiple TED talk-style conversations on these topics and participate in lively breakout sessions with the presenters and fellow attendees. An established defense leader will also take the stage to give the benefit of their perspective and at the days end you'll be invited to a complimentary post-conference reception.
Yet the purpose of this conference isn't limited to exchanging differing viewpoints, but to also find solutions, forge partnerships, and help develop skills that will foster a more innovative culture in the U.S. military. Throughout the day, during the hosted lunch, and at the post-conference reception attendees will have the unique chance to interact with a diverse group of practitioners and professionals from across services, industries, and backgrounds who all share a common passion and entrepreneurial spirit to tackle problems on a national scale.
Schedule of Events
0800-0900: Check-in. Coffee and light breakfast. Mingle.
0900-0910: Welcome and Intro by DEFxSV Coordinator Val Rivera
0910-0930: Kick-off Session: Background on the What, Why, and How of DEF – And the Future - Remarks by DEF founder Ben Kohlmann
0930-1015: Opening Panel: How Silicon Valley and Government Can Work Together - A panel discussion w/ veterans, entrepreneurs, VCs, technologists, and more.
1030-1100: Discovery Activity – Who Are We?
1100-1200: Presentation of the Challenge Problems
1200-1300: Lunch and the Reciprocity Ring
1300-1500: Design-Thinking Breakout Sessions
1500-1600: Breakout Session Presentations.
1600-1630: Closing speaker
1630-1730: Happy Hour.
We truly hope that you will join us in our endeavor to spur greater defense innovation and strengthen grassroots connections across the many communities, corporations, organizations, and agencies that operate at the intersection of policy and defense thinking. After all, it's the strength of the idea that matters most...not the title of the thinker.
Please consider supporting DEFxSV by purchasing a $100-Supporter, $250-Backer, or a $500-Champion Ticket. Your generous gift helps our all-volunteer organization provide the best program possible and is greatly appreciated! DEF is a non-profit (501c3) and any amount over the $50 ticket value will be tax-deductible.
Partnership provides premier exposure to industry professionals and Stanford MBA students, extensive networking opportunities, increased brand recognition through event cross-promotion, and access to entrepreneurial insights and innovations pertaining to national defense. Partners and supporters will also receive visible alignment with the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum.
Please contact Jon if you are interested in sponsoring DEFxSV.