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USAF New Helmet System Challenge Showcase

November 14-15, 2018

Enclave - Las Vegas NV

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AFWERX is a product of the Air Force, directly envisioned by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX is to solve some of the toughest challenges the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation's top subject matter experts. The world is changing quickly--new technologies, new threats and new opportunities. AFWERX taps into the power of creativity and empowers intentional innovation that unleashes emergent approaches for the warfighter through a community of intrapreneurs, industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors. AFWERX has the ability to bring together our nation's best and brightest to collaborate, innovate, fabricate and present accelerated results to the United States Air Force to better serve our
#1 customer: the warfighter and operators in the Air Force.


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About the USAF New Helmet System Challenge Showcase

The U.S. Air Force has allocated up to $20 million to redesign and replace the Fixed Wing helmet used by pilots and aircrew. The challenge is a new initiative for USAF and uses the AFWERX team and process to find people with the ideas, components, materials and technologies to improve the Fixed Wing Aircrew Helmet. The helmet of tomorrow needs to be lightweight, comfortable, stable, improved noise protection, have better thermal management and the ability to tailor the helmet for different needs.  Ultimately, the goal is to enhance aircrew performance, safety and satisfaction.

Teams invited to showcase at this event have the chance to participate in $500K+ of prototype and experimentation funding, a $20M+ government contract, or potential SBIR funding. The showcase also allows the opportunity for peer and customer collaboration with industry and government and official recognition of companies or ideas.

The exhibit showcase will feature 38 solutions that were selected following the open challenge (Sept 6 - Oct 7) and will take place at Enclave on November 14, followed by an evening mixer on the rooftop deck. The second day, November 15, is invitation-only to a select number of teams who will be meeting with the project management office at the AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub. Teams will be notified the night before if they were selected. We also invite you to the AFWERX Vegas - Hosted Kick-off Social on November 13 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM following registration.

"The current helmet we have is functional, its just that we added a lot of additional equipment to it and made it a platform which it was not designed to be.
We need a complete system solution that caters for the equipment but is also stable". 

Event Location - Day 1

5810 S. Eastern Avenue

Event Location - Day 2 (Invitation Only)

3773 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 400-S
Las Vegas, NV

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November 13, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:00 pmExhibitor Registration
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmAFWERX Hosted Kick-off Social

November 14, 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 amExhibitor Setup
9:00 am - 4:00 pmExhibit Floor Open
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmExhibitor Teardown
4:30 pm - 6:30 pmHosted Networking Mixer

November 15, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pmInvite Only: One-on-One Meetings

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Online registration is closed but onsite exhibitor and attendee registration is available and open from 4:30-7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13 and again at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, November 14 at The Enclave. Please note exhibitors must check-in on November 13 at the AFWERX Innovation Hub. We hope to see you then! Please contact erin.erickson.ctr@afwerx.af.mil if you have any questions.
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We are in the final stages of confirming our keynote and session speakers. 
As soon as they are confirmed, they will be posted to the schedule and their bios (if available) and pictures will be shown below.  

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General Stephen Wilson [More Info]
Vice Chief of Staff
U.S. Air Force
Jeff Schumacher [More Info]
Founder & CEO
BCG Digital Ventures
Mark Rowland [More Info]
Laurie Moncrieff [More Info]
Executive Director
Doolittle Institute
Brian Maue [More Info]
Jason Korman [More Info]
Co-Founder & CEO
Gapingvoid Culture Design Group
Lt Gen Jerry Harris [More Info]
Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans & Requirements
Headquarters Air Force
Lt Col Dave Harden [More Info]
Maj Gen Peter Gersten [More Info]
U.S. Air Force Warfare Center
Nolan Bushnell [More Info]
Social Entrepreneur
John Bunch [More Info]
Technical Advisor to the CEO
Tambrein Bates [More Info]
Joey Arora [More Info]
Director of Community Development
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A room block has been secured at The Platinum Hotel, located less than 15 minutes from the event venue (3 miles) and within walking distance to the AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub. The suites are at the per diem rate of $108 per night with a waived resort fee (plus any other applicable fees and taxes).  All rooms are one bedrooms and equipped with a full kitchen. Guests are responsible for making their own reservations, and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  Please note the cutoff date for making a reservation in this room block is November 2, 2018.  We cannot guarantee this rate or availability after this date.

The Platinum Hotel

211 E. Flamingo Road                
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Resort Fee (waived for this room block) includes:
  • Complimentary in-room WIFI/Internet
  • Daily wine reception (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
  • Modern Fitness Center
  • Use of steam room in the Well Spa
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, heated year round
  • Living room and gourmet kitchen in all rooms
  • Complimentary valet 
To make an online reservation, click here: https://bookings.ihotelier.com/Platinum-Hotel-Las-Vegas/bookings.jsp?hotelId=15019&identifier=10R1V8

**Please note the resort fee will be on the total but your card will not be charged.

Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to arrival.  Also, please be advised that a deposit of $100 per stay will be required at check-in to cover incidental costs. A hold of $100 will be placed on the guests' credit card or debit card at time of check-in. The card will be credited back, minus incidentals charges, at checkout.

The following hotels are near Enclave and off the strip, but do not have a contracted discounted rate for this event:

1) Hampton Inn & Suites (1.5 miles)
   6575 South Eastern Avenue

2) La Quinta Inn & Suites (1.5 miles)
   6560 Surrey Street

3) Hyatt Place (3.5 miles)
   4520 Paradise Road

4) Embassy Suites (3.5 miles)
   4315 Swenson Street

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  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: How do I register for the event?
A: Click on the "New Registration" button under the register tab, or on the home banner.  Exhibitor registration closes November 2 and general attendee registration closes November 9, 2018.

Q: Is there a registration fee to sign-up?
A: No, this event is free of charge for all attendees.

Q: Can I register onsite?

A: Yes, if you miss the online registration cutoff (Nov 2 at 5:00 PM for exhibitors and Nov 9 for all other attendees), onsite registration will be available at the AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub on November 13, from 4:30 - 7:00 PM, and again on November 14 at Enclave beginning at 8:00 AM (exhibitors must register on November 13 at AFWERX Vegas).  Onsite registration is only available for general attendees, not for exhibitors.

Q: How do I register my exhibitor booth staff?

A: A unique expo password was sent to your team when your challenge submission was accepted. You must use this password to register as an exhibitor.


Q: Is there parking at the Enclave?
A: Yes, there is plenty of free parking on-site.

Q: Is there wifi in the venue?
A: Yes, the network is: Enclave Public, and the password is: Enc!ave4U$


Q: Are meals provided at the event?
A: Meals are provided for exhibitors and available for purchase for general attendees (breakfast, lunch, beverages and light snacks).

Q: Do you have a menu of the food that will be served?
A: Yes, the menu will be posted as soon as it's available.


Q: What is the recommended dress?
A: Casual or business casual for civilians and UOD for military. 

Event Schedule

Q: When will we receive the one-on-one schedule?
A: The schedule for the one-on-ones will be sent out a week prior to the event, and also handed out at registration.

Q: Will all teams have the opportunity for a one-on-one both days? What is the difference between the meetings on November 14 and November 15?
A: All teams will have the opportunity for a one-on-one on November 14, with either the project management office (PMO) or AFWERX team.  Teams will be notified that evening (Nov 14), whether they were selected for a one-on-one on November 15, held at the AFWERX Vegas hub.

Q: Is the social and/or mixer mandatory to attend?
A: Although it is not mandatory to attend either event, we highly encourage participation.  This is a great way to network with other exhibitors and possible future stakeholders in a casual environment.

Expo Participants

Q: What stakeholders will be in attendance?
A: We will be inviting members from each branch of service that may provide feedback to your project, along with the project management office and AFWERX team.  If there's someone (or an organization) you'd like for us to invite, there is a question on your registration form to provide that information.


Q: Am I allowed to take photos and video?
A: Yes, photography and videography are allowed.


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