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Special Guest at this week’s DEFTECH Coffee Call Friday, October 8, 2021

DEFTECH Coffee Call Friday, October 8, 2021

Join us this Friday, October 8, 2021, @ 0900-1000 ET for another DEFTECH Coffee Call. Join us and our special guest: Darshan “Dash” Divakaran, AFWERX Senior Operations Research Analyst.

Show up early at 0800 for the DEFTECH Early Bird or at the 0830 Opps Update to join the DEFTECH Team as we review current federal technology opportunities.

*Note: The link is the same as the Coffee Call.*

**Note: If you have a topic that you would like to present or recommend, please let us know **

The Topic of Discussion: This week, we will discuss How to Engage with AFWERX.  Demystifying AFWERX: Understand, Navigate, Submit!

Speaker BIO:

Dash works for the United States Air Force as the Senior Operations Research Analyst on the AFWERX program. He is also the program manager on Agility Prime, a non-traditional program seeking to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles and AFVentures, which are innovative programs under AFWERX. He supports the industry engagement, outreach, and educational initiatives on emerging technologies for AFWERX.

Dash holds a Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology degree from North Carolina State University and a BS in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also an FAA-certified commercial pilot with a multi-engine rating and holds an FAA part 107 remote pilot certificate.

Additionally, Dash is an aviation innovation leader, technology evangelist, high-tech intrapreneur, executive consultant, geospatial strategist, and technology keynote speaker with expertise in unmanned aviation, aviation development, flight operations, airborne safety, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and program management. His areas of expertise in unmanned aviation include Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), Counter-UAS (CUAS), and Urban Air Mobility. He has been recognized by Interdrone and Commercial UAV News as one of the top commercial drone visionaries.

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About this Event:


Every Friday, 0900 Eastern, Grab your Coffee, bring your ideas, and join the NC Defense Technology Transition (DEFTECH) Community for an open, informal, virtual “Coffee Call” to address your concerns and ideas regarding Innovation, Technology, and commensurate Leadership challenges. Learn about Federal technology requirements and business opportunities. Network virtually over a cup of coffee and connect with like-minded people. Learn how your innovation and technology can be applied to solve national security problems.

Why Participate: If you are tired of being lectured to and you want to voice your ideas. If you would like a chance to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say. If you are interested in Innovation, Technology, Leadership, and contracting to solve national security problems, this virtual networking event is for you. Talk, listen, ask questions, it’s your choice, but DEFTECH wants to hear from you.

Who: Industry, academia, government, and anybody that wants to discuss Innovation, Technology, Opportunities, and the Leadership attributes required to pull it all together.

Format: To get us started, DEFTECH will briefly offer a relevant Technology Leadership topic and open it up for discussion, but the participants will drive the conversations. After the open forum, DEFTECH will briefly review current opportunities, trends, and upcoming events.

When: Join us every Friday from 0900-1000 Eastern Time.

Where: Virtual Microsoft Teams Meeting, or dial in from your phone.

How: Join on your computer, tablet, browser through the Microsoft Teams application, or call in. However you join the discussion, we want to hear from you!


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