It’s September which means it’s that busy time of year again! The kids are back in school, you’re wishing you were back on a beach somewhere, maybe you're already worrying about the holidays? On top of all that it’s the end of the Federal fiscal year so you’re struggling with your budget. This September storm of activity can be overwhelming, Eastern Foundry wants to help you relieve some stress through a variety of fun events coming up over the next three weeks!
Funding Symposium 9/21
We’re teaming up with our friends over at Virginia PTAP and Arlington Economic Development for a half-day funding symposium. Our panel of presenters come with decades of experience ranging from venture capitalists, investment bankers, M&A attorneys, SBA officials and other government workers who will share their stories with our guests and will provide you with the necessary information to smoothly enter the GovCon industry while focusing on building a foundation for growth. You won’t want to miss this valuable learning opportunity.
The Future of Virtual Reality In The Government 9/26
Come join us along with Tandem NSI and Virtual Reality DC, as we have organized a panel of government agencies interested in investing in VR including NASA, NIH and DARPA as well as the Army Research Lab and Booz Allen Hamilton. The discussion will focus on areas where these groups plan to invest along with the cutting edge innovations they have seen in the industry.
Demo some of the following virtual reality projects with the teams who made them including:
- Coastal Paradise: HTC Vive VR experience for chronic pain
- Searise 360: Google Cardboard visualization of sea level rise
- Virtual Hospital: Oculus Rift VR simulation of contagion spread within a hospital
Come enjoy food, drinks, and plenty of networking with government and industry leaders in the VR space during this free event.
Building Community Resilience in the Digital Age 9/27
The rise of the Internet of Things is forcing public officials to think differently about how they plan cities of the future. As cities get more connected to everything, how can they apply technologies to enhance resilient capacity in areas like evacuations, flood monitoring, critical infrastructure, and economic development?
Come join Eastern Foundry, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, Smart Cities Council. and Arlington Economic Development on September 27th as we discuss the endless possibilities that IoT has on our cities during Building Community Resilience in the Digital Age.
- Hear from Arlington and Smart Cities Council stakeholders on how IoT is currently providing replicable, scalable, and sustainable models for smart cities innovation.
- Discuss the unique barriers and opportunities for enhancing resilient capabilities today and tell S&T where it can test and experiment to build resilient capacity for tomorrow.
- Discuss how government and industry can co-develop technologies for embedding resilience into future IoT city deployments and industry innovation cycles.
Tech & Tequila 9/29
Our friends over at NextGov will be holding their monthly meetup series, Tech & Tequila, at our new location in Rosslyn. If you have not had the chance to check out the space, this would be the perfect time! This rendition of the meetup is all about Tapping into Tech Hubs. We will explore how the federal government is working with Silicon Valley and other tech hubs across the country to address national issues and bring in new ideas, concepts and talents to the government.
Register now to join Nextgov for a laidback conversation on tech hubs—and a cocktail!
SBIR Workshop 10/8- 10/9
Last but not least, if you’re seeking funding for your new idea, Eastern Foundry is bringing a group of like-minded inventors and business leaders together to build applications for fifty, $225,000 grants from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) SBIR program that will be released this Fall.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are given to companies with innovative ideas that have the potential to be commercial successes, and the best part is that the NSF doesn’t want equity and they do not have to be paid back. However, the application process can be difficult to navigate, especially for first-time applicants.
This workshop will take place over two weekends where you will build and refine your application with guidance from Eastern Foundry coaches, see examples of winning applications, and gain insight into any future grants you are interested in.
We hope you will get a chance to come and hang out any of these events throughout the month! Remember to check in regularly at Eastern Foundry to see all of our upcoming events, and follow us on social for exciting updates and new content daily!