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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

  • Third Port: pivotal point for Army transportation

    Crisp air whips around at the mouth of Skiffes Creek on the James River, as a small tug boat glides along the black water, easing to a halt alongside a pier. U.S. Army Soldiers jump out of the watercraft and begin throwing ropes to each other, securing the boat to the pier at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 22, 2017. This 40-acre pier complex, known as Third Port, houses U.S. Army vessels in a deep-water port, providing safe harbor for the watercraft fleet. Although mostly used for training personnel in vessel operations and cargo loading, Third Port is an operational pier for the U.S. Army to train in deployment readiness and recovery.
  • 163d Attack Wing hosts innovation showcase and dedication ceremony

    Pentagon officials, California National Guard leadership, local Congressmen and defense industry representatives met Feb. 22 with members of the 163d Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base, California, for the California Air National Guard wing’s innovation showcase and dedication ceremony for the wing’s new Hap Arnold Center located on base.
  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 22

    On this look around the Air Force, NASA astronauts attend water survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington and Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr. discusses how the Should Cost Program is saving the Air Force billions.
  • Langley 1 of 4 AFBs to test bio-based grease

    The 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, was chosen to participate in a 12-month long experimental testing of a new bio-based grease to lessen JBLE’s impact on the environment. The 441st Vehicle Support Chain Operations Squadron and the representatives from the Defense Logistics Agency briefed the vehicle management flight about the impact of the bio-based grease on the three vehicles chosen to test the grease, Jan. 31, 2017. Members of the 441st VSCOS will also partner with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, NASA and the Kennedy Space Center to test the bio-based grease in their vehicles.
  • AMC achieves electronic flight bags milestone

    Air Mobility Command recently achieved a milestone with its electronic flight bag initiative. All AMC wings and aircraft are now approved to use electronic flight bags - portable electronic devices that consolidates nearly 120 pounds of paper products into a single tablet. The tablet contains electronic flight information publications such as navigational charts, and also digital publications, such as Air Force instructions and technical orders.
  • Digital Thread laces decision-making, data for Air Force acquisition

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  As information technology has advanced and improved over
  • The Pa. Guard's LSS ramps up readiness

    Pa. Air and Army Guardsmen prepare for an ever-changing battlefield in a seemingly unconventional way.
  • AFTAC hosts inaugural Innovation Days Expo

    The Air Force Technical Applications Center here conducted its inaugural Innovation Days Expo Jan.
  • ‘Make Every Dollar Count’ continues, adds new initiatives

    Capitalizing on the Air Force culture of innovation, the “Make Every Dollar Count” program continues to evolve to maximize the impact of each dollar with the addition of six new initiatives.
  • Process improvement expert to 59th MDW: ‘You’re leading the way’

    An internationally known expert in the field of clinical quality improvement was impressed with the 59th Medical Wing’s work toward becoming a high reliability organization during a Jan. 11 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.