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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

  • Recruiters turn to innovation to seek out new enlistees

    When you think of recruiters, a few images come to mind. Top on the list is an image of a staff sergeant or technical sergeant visiting a school during lunch or an assembly and presenting a slideshow of fun looking jobs. You may also recall recruiters handing out tri-folds during fairs or parades.
  • Innovating duo at it again: scanners save aircrew time, money

    In the military, timeliness is key. Whether it’s being on time to a medical appointment or
  • Wing showcases innovative, cost-saving ideas

    Innovative 59th Medical Wing Gateway Academy students showcased their latest initiatives designed to boost work center efficiencies and improve the patient experience during the academy’s poster day April 13 at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center Atrium.
  • Engineers present on innovations benefitting AEDC, its customers

    A meeting to present innovative technical advances positively impacting AEDC was held March 21
  • 173rd FW fosters innovation across all ranks

    Continuous Process Improvement works to analyze workflow processes and through a data-based approach identify areas to eliminate waste. The 173rd Fighter Wing is spreading this approach throughout the rank structure and across civilian and contracted jobs as well in an effort to conserve resources.
  • Yesterday's Air Force: F-104 Starfighter

    This episode of Yesterday's Air Force looks at the F-104 Starfighter. It was a technological marvel when it first took to the sky in the 1950s. It broke a number of records and was used by many air forces around the world. The F-104 had a long service life; it wasn't retired from active service with the Italian Air Force until 2004.
  • Air National Guard director visits 188th Wing

    Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, and Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson, ANG command chief master sergeant, visited the 188th Wing March 31, 2017.
  • SecAF nominee testifies before Congress

    Heather Wilson testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee during her confirmation hearing for secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2017.
  • Descendants visit Wolfe Hall

    Descendants of Lt. Leroy Wolfe visited Keesler Air Force Base March 10 for a special tour of the
  • Gateway momentum impresses Defense Health Agency director

    The Defense Health Agency director praised the 59th Medical Wing’s Gateway Performance System during a Feb. 24 visit to the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center.
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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.