INSA has announced the date of their 7th annual “Innovators Showcase”. The organization has sent out a call for abstracts, inviting people across the industry to be speakers at the symposium in May. INSA is positioning this event as a sort of classified science fair, covering topics like space, AI and cloud computing. “The purpose of this showcase is both to showcase the internal R&D efforts of traditional GovCon companies, as well as to find the non-traditionals, the academics, two guys in a garage…” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations and chair of INSA Technology & Innovation Council. “Give them some time in front of senior leadership from the S&T community and inside the intelligence community, and see if we can’t make a connection there and find a way to fund their research.” Kelly says that INSA typically receives 130 abstracts, which they have to pare down to 20 or 25 for the final event. While the event isn’t open to anyone without a top-secret security clearance, Kelly believes that more communication between the government and industry is important for spurring innovation in the sector. “The government has lost its ability to be the principal funder in certain technologies, they certainly are in ones that are most germane to national security, but there are other areas like IoT, information assurance, automation and artificial intelligence where the commercial industry is just as interested,” said Kelly.
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