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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

  • 59th MDW Airman honored at inaugural D3 summit

    A 59th Medical Wing medic was part of a four-person team honored at the inaugural Defense, Diplomacy and Development Innovation Summit Pitch Challenge March 3 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tech Report: The continued evolution of flight

    In this Air Force Tech Report we look at how wings work, and how the team at the Air Force Research Laboratory plans to take the wing to a whole new level.
  • Facilitators of progress: AFGSC A9 and the business of innovation

    Air Force Global Strike Command’s Innovation, Analyses and Leadership Development, also known as A9, are the facilitators of progress. From expediting new ideas to leadership development, the directorate is responsible for keeping AFGSC at the forefront of deterrence. At the heart of this effort is the command’s most valuable resource – people.
  • AF discusses game-changing technologies during defense innovation hearing

    The Air Force’s pursuit of game-changing technologies and the need to attract and retain talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals were at the center of discussions during a hearing on defense innovation before the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on Capitol Hill Feb. 24.
  • Air Force Surgeon General Announces Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award

    The Air Force Surgeon General has announced the 96th Medical Group Medicine Subspecialties Element
  • Operation Desert Storm changed the Air Force through innovation

    Lt. Gen. John Raymond, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, addressed the Air Force Association on innovations that took place during Operation Desert Storm at the first AFA breakfast of the year Jan. 20 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
  • AF partners with Army, industry to successfully develop, test vehicle-to-grid technology

    The Defense Department’s first all-electric, nontactical vehicle fleet successfully completed its final vehicle-to-grid certification testing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, Oct. 15.
  • Command committed to saving energy, reducing costs

    Saving energy and reducing costs is something many people strive to do. When an energy bill exceeds $150 million, it becomes a necessity. The energy tab for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa for fiscal year 2013 was a whopping $157.5 million. Since 2003, energy costs have risen about 10 percent, on average annually. These rising costs inspired the command to find ways to save money and precious resources.
  • Tech Report: Air Force Prize

    The Air Force is energizing domestic research and development with a $2 million prize for a lightweight, fuel-efficient, small turbine engine. This innovative acquisition approach will advance the technologies needed to support the world's strongest Air Force.
  • Making every dollar count through Airmen Powered by Innovation

    The Air Force has initiated the Make Every Dollar Count program, aimed at creating a culture focused on minimizing costs, harnessing efficiencies and redefining Air Force business paradigms. Currently, the MEDC portfolio consists of 13 Headquarters Air Force-level programs and 26 major command-sponsored initiatives that cut across multiple Air Force lines of business including acquisition strategy, contract management, maintenance repair operations and energy management.
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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.