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Who are we?

Fueling Innovation by Encouraging Creativity 

 

Elev-8 Scott is an Airmen-led innovation office focused on connecting our Airmen's problems to those in industry, academia or government.  At Elev-8 Scott 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. Elev-8 Scott 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 

Elev-8 Scott 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

  • SparkED Team: keeping innovative ideas rolling

    Electric scooters are now available for use at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  • The Future of Printing

    The soft hum of electric motors fills the air at the back of the 157th Air Refueling Wing’s metal technologies shop as the heated nozzle of their new 3D printer zig-zags back and forth, drizzling layer after layer of extruded plastic; a custom-designed aircraft maintenance tool begins to take shape out of thin air.
  • Acquisition chief calls for disruptive agility, new digital paradigm

    During his Matrix-inspired virtual keynote, Roper discussed the accomplishments and the future of acquisition for the Department of the Air Force while calling for disruptive agility in order to remain competitive in an ever-innovating global security environment.
  • AFWERX announces EngageSpace, premier collaboration event for space industry

    With its highly interactive format and diverse participants, this event is designed to revolutionize how the space ecosystem works, dismantle the walls between sectors and close the "believability gap" for what's possible in space.
  • Jolly Green II begins live-fire testing

    Three primary weapons: GAU-2, GAU-18 and GAU-21.
  • Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman virtual keynote at AFITC

    Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman, deputy commander of Air Combat Command delivered a virtual keynote speech and this year’s Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower (AFTIC) Conference. Gen. Weggeman had some fun with his speech, referencing a very popular SciFi movie and using it to compare to our current infrastructure in the Air Force.
  • Instructor pilot strengthens airfield readiness through beta app

    To innovate and improve the process Capt. McKenzie Kane, 50th Flying Training Squadron Instructor pilot, has been designing an application over the past year to display such information called AF Status. AF Status is now being used to replace a dated process to disseminate pre-flight information within the squadron.
  • Arkansas National Guard TAG review of UV light fixtures big hit

    On Sept. 2, 2020, the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn, visited with the 189th Airlift Wing. The visit included a re-enlistment of a junior noncommissioned officer from the 189th Logistics Readiness Squadron as well as a tour of the 189th Operations Group, where he was briefed on the recent installation of the FAR UV Light System. Maj. Justin Fitzpatrick, who spearheaded the project, explained the process to the TAG as well as future plans for the product.
  • 3rd Annual Innovation Rodeo "Call for Topics"

    AFIMSC is proud to announce their 3rd Annual Innovation Rodeo “Call for Topics”. This year’s theme is “Base of the Future” and the campaign runs from September 1 to December 1, 2020.
  • LiDAR part of digital foundation for installations of future

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Airborne imagery and light detecting and ranging (LiDAR)
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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
1st Lt. Brad Worley

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

Where are we located?
Lab: 101 Heritage Dr., Scott AFB IL 62221 
Elev-8 Scott is located on the main floor of the Wing HQ building (P-3). 

Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216496262776216/ 

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

COVID-19 Task Force (speak with Lt Worley for more information)