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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

  • Planning for the future of the Shaw community

    Team Shaw members are scheduled to meet and discuss establishing a protective designation for the
  • AF agency helps ‘bring life’ to mission innovation

    The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency’s Business Intelligence Competency Cell promotes logical research when it comes to operational acquisition. It may seem simplistic when taken at surface value, but what the BICC is doing within the Air Force is ‘bringing life’ to mission innovation. As a result, their practices and resources are sparking interest not only within the Defense Department , but among members of Congress and their staffs as well.
  • AF announces Defense Digital Service partnership

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the launch of a new partnership between the Air Force and the Defense Digital Service Jan. 6 at an Air Force Association breakfast.
  • BLUE: Generation STEM

    Air Force TV has released the latest episode of the Air Force's flagship television program, BLUE. Maintaining a technological edge in defense requires snagging the best and brightest minds for research and development. In this episode, we introduce you to some of the innovative minds working to make the Air Force's technology better, stronger and more efficient today while developing the next generation of innovators for tomorrow.
  • Cyber exercise supports academic research, points toward future capabilities

    Sixteen Airmen manned their battle stations.  The clock ticked closer to the expected moment of
  • Air Force Surgeon General emphasizes trusted care

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mark Ediger, U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps surgeon general,
  • Thinking outside of the box: 355th LRS enhances deliveries using Wi-Fi

    The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron devised a new method that has changed its efficiency of delivering supplies to more than 250 organizations. The approach of tracking deliveries through Wi-Fi developed when 355th LRS personnel discovered they were spending too much time finding signatures that were dropped on account of the outdated system.
  • MacDill communications squadron prepare for tech refresh

    The 6th Communications Squadron recently renovated, re-vitalized, and reinvented their information technology asset management office to ensure the accountability of information technology assets and better prepare for technology refreshes.
  • Point of Recovery: Ground Collision Avoidance System saving pilots lives

    Frantic calls of “Two recover, Two recover, Two recover,” echoed across the airwaves. Maj. Luke O’Sullivan, F-16 Fighting Falcon instructor pilot, watched helplessly from his cockpit as his student’s jet descended from an altitude of over 3 miles to under 4,400 feet in a matter of seconds. While executing a more than 8-G turn, the over 1,000 pounds of pressure had drained the blood from the student’s brain, causing tunnel vision and impairing his ability to rationalize. Within seconds, he was a victim of gravity-induced loss of consciousness. Given the rapid rate of descent, O’Sullivan knew there was no way the pilot could regain consciousness in time to pull out of the free fall. In less than four seconds, his student would be dead — except, he didn’t die. Instead, the essentially pilotless F-16 rolled upright, pulled a 5-G climb and then leveled off. The pilot’s savior: a technology developed in the 1980s known as the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System.
  • Blue Talon, developing future crypto leaders

    Technology is always changing and so is the way we adapt and learn. The 70th Operations Support Squadron, wing mission training flight, sought new ways to motivate and enable Airmen at the wing to gain an air operations mindset.
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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.