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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. 

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INTRO TO 3D PRINTING
Are you interested in 3D printing and looking for a practical and compact entry-level course, but don't feel like reading or searching for information? Then this course is well suited for you! In this workshop you will learn all the basics you need to know in order to operate a 3D printer and create your own 3D printed objects. Start now with this professional, descriptive and step-by-step 3D printing tutorial, made by Elevate’s Chief Maker!  Sign up now!

102 PAINSTORMING SESSION
Combining the best of Stanford University’s D-School, the Think Wrong system, and US Military doctrine, this session will lead a small group through topic selection, context mapping, problem identification, and operational approach planning in a classroom environment in order to empower mission space owners to innovate from within. Attendees should expect to propose topics to tackle and to actively work through a process to tackle it. Leaders should expect to get back “solutioneers” able to lead painstorming sessions at the unit level, both formally and informally, to drive innovation to the point of mission accomplishment. Sign up now!

HACKING FOR DEFENSE
We want to solve your toughest challenges during the fall 2021 semester of Hacking for Defense (H4D). This program is sponsored by the DoD's National Security Innovation Network. We will match your problem with the university best suited to work for you. Graduate student teams will spend 500 hours leveraging innovative techniques from the private sector to solve your complex and critical problems at no cost to you. Past solutions have addressed challenges ranging from a soldier family readiness app, to an F/A-18E Super Hornet (jet fighter) predictive maintenance model, and even a software/hardware test bed for nuclear detection systems. The deadline for challenge submissions is June 4, 2021.  Apply here: www.h4d.us/submit-a-problem  Background: www.h4d.us/

Air Force Innovation ARticles

  • SLD 45 saves 450 hours with ‘Stop the Silly’ campaign

    Time is a finite commodity. Many people struggle to find the time needed to carry out daily tasks, whether that be working, caring for their children or running errands. If those individuals had the benefit of saving 450 hours, the equivalent of nearly three weeks of vacation, they may get more

  • Industry Day at Travis’ Phoenix Spark

    The Phoenix Spark lab hosted an industry day at the Gonge Innovation Lab for external companies to pitch ideas to the base populations through presentations June 17, 2022.

  • Air Force selects future aircrew helmet

    The Air Force selected LIFT Airborne Technologies in April to continue with prototype development of a new helmet for Air Force fixed-wing aircrew. Air Combat Command initiated the search for a next-generation helmet to address issues with long-term neck and back injuries, optimize aircraft

  • ACE trailer undergoes operational tests and development with Total Force

    Airmen from California 144th Fighter Wing continued operational tests of an Agile Combat Employment trailer, June 9, 2022, at the Fresno Air National Guard Base, California. The ACE trailer is a one-of-a-kind operational prototype that enables a small team of Airmen to launch and recover fighter

  • 97 MXS wins AETC competition with automated tool tracker

    Members of the 97th Maintenance Squadron participated in the Air Education and Training Command “iChallenge,” winning the $225,000 top prize to further develop software that helps aircraft maintainers keep track of tools found in toolboxes.

  • Innovation continues with Det. 24’s change of command

    Lt. Col. Steve “Tiger” Briones took command of Detachment 24 from Lt. Col. Ryan “Motor” Riley during a change of command ceremony at the Kendrick Club June 10. Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and talked about the ground breaking progress within pilot

  • RAD enhances efficiency for space launch missions

    A new software program called “Range Application Deployment,” is enhancing situational awareness for space launch missions at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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 

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CONTACT US

Chief Innovation Officer
Maj. Adam Wallace

Deputy Innovation Officer
1st Lt. Thomas Goetze 

NCOIC
TSgt. Richard Durling

Chief Maker
TSgt. Brandon Barnes

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

Where are we located?
The lab is located on the second floor of the Warmer Fitness Center.


Elevate is an Airmen-led innovation office focused on connecting our Airmen's problems to those in industry, academia or government. 
We work closely with AFWERX, the Secretary of the Air Force's innovation arm, and the main conduit for executing Small Business Innovation
Research, or 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. We create unique opportunities for external partners to work directly with military on interesting problems, which also allows for rapid fielding solutions. 

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Send us an email with the information below, and we'll take a look at your idea!"

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