Innovation & Opportunity Conference 2019

The Innovation & Opportunity Conference: Advancing Aerospace & Defense (IOC), now in its second year, brought together NASA and other government agency experts, small businesses, startups, research institutions and large businesses/prime contractors for a technology and commercialization event. The IOC provided opportunities for companies at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators looking to expand and actively participate in tomorrow’s aerospace and defense.

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Video recordings of the sessions will be added in the near term.


Day 1

Small Business, Big Picture
Walt Engelund, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs at NASA STMD


NASA SBIR/STTR Program Overview

Jenn Gustetic, NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive

SBIR/STTR Programs – Comparing, Contrasting, and Collaborating
Moderated by Scott Dockum, NASA SBIR/STTR
Jenn Gustetic, NASA

Susan Celis, DARPA
Jim Sweeney, USAF
Jason Preisser, DARPA

Rick Schwerdtfeger, National Science Foundation

Robert Smith, Navy


NASA STMD Programs: The Space Technology Pipeline

Moderated by Gynelle Steele, NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive

Alexander Van Dijk, NASA Flight Opportunities

Bruce Yost, NASA Small Spacecraft Technology

Anthony Calomino, NASA Game Changing Development

Laguduva "LK" Kubendran, NASA Tipping Point


NASA SBIR/STTR Post Phase II Initiatives
Dr. Bill Toscano, NASA


Ideation, Point Solution, and Market Stimulation
Mark Davidson, NASA

Scott Dockum, NASA


How NASA Combats Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Special Agent Erik Saracino, NASA OIG Eastern Field Office

Special Agent Philip Mazzella, NASA OIG Central Field Office

Special Agent Mark Gangloff, NASA OIG Wetern Field Office


NASA SBIR/STTR Proposals 101

Writing Responsive Proposals

Kate Kvaternik, NASA SBIR/STTR

Proposal Budget and Contracts

Ben Benvenutti, NASA SBIR/STTR

Dylan Graham, NASA SBIR/STTR

I-Corps Overview

Scott Dockum, NASA SBIR/STTR


NASA STTR Program Overview

Gynelle Steele, NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive

Other R&D and Commercialization Opportunities

Amy Kaminski, NASA Prizes & Challenges

Dawn Turner, NASA Prizes & Challenges

Art Maples, NASA Technology Transfer

Sally Hatcher, University of Colorado Venture Partners


Day 2

Enabling Humanity’s Next Giant Leap: NASA’s Moon to Mars

Moderated by Brad Cheetham, Advanced Space, LLC

Steve Clarke, NASA Science Mission Directorate

Chris Moore, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate

Walt Engelund, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

NASA Mission Directorates Overview

Moderated by Jenn Gustetic, NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive
Cheryl Quinn, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
Lindsay Aitchison, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
Mike Seablom, NASA SMD
Jason Derleth, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate