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Who are we?

Fueling Innovation by Encouraging Creativity 
Elevate is an Airmen-led innovation office focused on connecting our Airmen's problems to those in industry, academia or government.  At Elevate we also work closely with AFWERX, the Secretary of the Air Force's innovation arm and the main conduit for executing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds for the Air Force. Elevate is a grassroots innovation program whose mission is to bring tomorrow’s tools to the warfighter today while inspiring a bottom‐up culture of innovation. Our cell creates unique opportunities for external partners to work directly with military on interesting problems & allows for rapid fielding solutions. 

What can we do to help you?

  • In-House:  Assist and collaborate with your Airmen to identify a problem set (generate problem statement) & develop solutions in-house 
     
  • Collaborative Research:  Connect Airmen with AFWERX, DoD, or consultant to further develop/accelerate project to solutions. 
     
  • Knowledge Exchange:  Furnish your Airmen with academic opportunities for individual or organizational learning 
     
  • SIF Management:  Provide guidance to squadrons to meet CSAF intent and assist with squadron innovation funds supporting projects 
     
  • SBIR Collaboration:  Partnering with AFWERX to pair up your pain points with startups who can provide the solutions 

Elevate Office

Maker & Collaboration Space 

  • The hub is an idea incubator where Airmen can meet to ideate on problem sets, develop hypotheses, experiment, test and generate solutions.  
     
  • With a variety of 3D printers, VR equipment, Raspberry Pis, etc. Airmen could design, develop, program, or test proof of concepts. 
     
  • The hub will support, but not limited to, individual projects, special guest events, and wing innovation competitions. 
     
  • Wing Leadership Pitches: Airmen will have the opportunity to pitch their individual innovation projects directly to wing leadership during special events. 
     
  • Open to all organizations on base, the hub extends open collaboration to industry, other DoD agencies, academia, and the community. 
     
  • Working with AFWERX, Airmen can collaborate with AF experts in the field of innovation. 

Air Force Innovation ARticles

  • Barrett praises senior Air Force leaders; assesses her tenure as secretary

    Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett publicly praised Airmen, Guardians, and senior Air and Space Forces leaders during a ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Jan. 14.
  • Cyber fellowship sparks innovative ideas

    Personnel from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Digital Directorate and Detachment 12’s Kessel Run are using their recent AFVentures Cyber Fellowship experiences to promote innovation and accelerate change within their programs. Kevin Kelly, technical director for PEO Digital, Capt. Lillian Warner, Red Team lead for Cyber Security Engineering at Kessel Run, and 1st Lt. Greg Barrow, project manager for Unit Level Intelligence at Kessel Run, were among the first cyber cohort of 17 service members selected for the program. Fellows were matched to technology companies based in San Francisco; Los Angeles; Ann Arbor, Michigan; New York and Boston for a six-week virtual immersion October through November 2020.
  • Program analyst’s idea improves resource management reporting

    2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo finalist Dan McDermott shares his idea for changing the Air Force.
  • Meet the 2021 I-WEPTAC MAWG Chairs

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Meet the 2021 I-WEPTAC Mission Area Working Group chairs. The teams they lead are charged with helping shape the future of Air Force combat support by finding innovative solutions to today’s installation and mission support challenges.
  • AFIMSC announces 2021 Innovation Rodeo finalists

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center announced finalists for the 2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo.
  • Scott AFB’s innovation hub receives Air Force lab designation

    Scott Air Force Base’s innovation hub, Elevate, received Air Force approval to be designated a defense laboratory, Jan. 6. The approval marks Scott AFB as the first Air Force innovation cell to become an official defense lab for technology transfer purposes.
  • Scott’s innovation hub, Elevate, receives Air Force lab designation

    The biggest win for Scott AFB is that the designation as a defense lab will permit them to engage in Education Partnership Agreements with local universities ... to use equipment and manpower where they normally do not have access.
  • Innovation discovery better equips Eglin's firefighters

    Mobile testing device leads to possible life-saving find in equipment.
  • AETC Airmen named Finalists in 2021 Spark Tank Challenge

    Three Airmen from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona will represent Air Education and Training Command during the Spark Tank Challenge at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in this February. Spark Tank is an annual event where Airmen pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts.
  • Air Force tests Wing Feedback App at JBSA

    The Air Force is testing a new mobile app at Joint Base San Antonio that aims to give Airmen a convenient way to provide feedback or raise concerns about their experiences on the installation.
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Motivation

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

TED Radio Hour: Failure Is An Option

Difference Between Innovation and Invention

Why Innovation is Crucial to Your Organization

What Really Makes Something Innovative?

How Leaders Inspire Innovation

 

Leader's inspiration

"...We have to think about the technology and the innovation that we need 10 to 15 to 20 years from now. We have to start thinking about it and start building it right now." - CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright 

"Innovative Airmen find better ways of doing the mission... Their intrapreneurship makes us more lethal, more efficient — they must be supported by leaders who not only remove unnecessary barriers to success, but who also lift up and champion their ideas... And because we’ve shown them we believe in their ideas, I want them to keep swinging until we find the answer." - Gen David L. Goldfein 

"Innovation doesn’t happen by accident. It is fueled from a spirit of experimentation and driven by Airmen with the best training, the right tools, and a workplace environment that promotes innovation. The threat and environmental challenges presented by our adversaries require that we aggressively investigate mission-focused ideas involving machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy, big data analytics... AMC will make bold investments in innovation that increase readiness and posture AMC forces to remain effective in a fast-paced and challenging future." - Gen Maryanne  Miller 

“We are at the beginning of a big culture shift in the government. We woke up and said we are not the only funder or inventor of new technology anymore…we are a partner with those who do.” – Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics 

CONTACT US

Chief Innovation Officer
Maj. Adam Wallace

Deputy Innovation Officer
Capt. Austin Duncan

Chief Maker
TSgt. Brandon Barnes

Wing Innovation Officer
1st Lt. Thomas Goetze

Contact Us
Email: Elev8scott@gmail.com 
Phone: 618-256-4802

Where are we located?
Lab: 101 Heritage Dr., Scott AFB IL 62221 
Elevate is located on the main floor of the Wing HQ building (P-3). 

Have an idea?

Send us an email with the information below, and we'll take a look at your idea!"

  • Name 
  • Rank 
  • Mil email 
  • Phone number 
  • What is your idea? 

Current Projects

Automated scanner at the gates/Biometric scanners at the metro link - see Capt. Duncan for more info.