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AFWERX Fusion Xperience

June 20-21, 2018

Enclave - Las Vegas NV

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AFWERX is a product of the Air Force, directly envisioned by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX is to solve some of the toughest challenges the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation's top subject matter experts. The world is changing quickly--new technologies, new threats and new opportunities. AFWERX taps into the power of creativity and empowers intentional innovation that unleashes emergent approaches for the warfighter through a community of intrapreneurs, industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors. AFWERX has the ability to bring together our nation's best and brightest to collaborate, innovate, fabricate and present accelerated results to the United States Air Force to better serve our
#1 customer: the warfighter and operators in the Air Force.


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About the AFWERX Fusion Xperience

The annual AFWERX Fusion event will bring together small business, entrepreneurs and academia that aim to provide innovative solutions to existing Air Force focus areas. The AFWERX Fusion event will take place over the course of two days, with each event focusing around an Air Force special interest.

This year, the free two day event will focus on the developments AFWERX is currently engaged in regarding Site Security. The event will be hosted at the Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada, where AFWERX will have down selected 50 - 100 teams contributing towards the Air Force focus area of Site Security. Teams will be displaying and speaking to their innovations in an expo booth style setting. Concurrently, there will be live demos, and keynote speakers and subject matter experts giving talks and panel discussions on Site Security, innovation, culture change and other Air Force related focus areas. This flagship event for AFWERX will welcome senior Air Force leadership, to include a remote presentation from the Vice Chief of Staff to the Air Force, Gen Stephen Wilson. 

In a recent visit to AFWERX-Vegas, Gen Wilson commented, "We've got to innovate to maintain America's security. We've created the AFWERX Fusion Challenge to accelerate inventive ideas from startups, industry, academia and research labs in the most collaborative way and get them to America's Airmen at the speed of relevance."

Expo Theme - Site Security

The top 50 - 100 Fusion Challenge submissions will present their ideas at the Fusion Xperience. Expo teams will have the chance to interact with top U.S. Air Force leaders, AFWERX team members, industry experts, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and YOU. During the event, the expo teams will be evaluated by security force experts from the Air Force and other branches of the military that will be assessing their ideas to receive AFWERX development support and for future contracts.  

The Air Force and other military branches need to protect our people in three different site security contexts: mobile, temporary and fixed.  Each context comes with a set of known variables that make different security solutions more or less practical, possible or effective.  We invite you to come out to the expo and hear the new and innovative ideas these teams have created to protect the warfighter.

If you are interested in submitting an innovation challenge submission, click here for more information. Submissions are being accepted until May 20, 2018.

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Event Location

5810 S. Eastern Avenue

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The schedule listed below is a draft outline of the days' events. 
We will continue to update the schedule as we start to confirm speakers, workshop and panel topics, and expo participants.
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). For expo participants and attendees who would like to check-in early, registration is also open from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM on June 19th.


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June 20, 2018
Demo - TBD
8:00 am - 3:00 pmRegistration
9:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome Address
9:15 am - 9:30 amKeynote Speaker
9:30 am - 10:00 amKeynote Speaker
10:00 am - 5:00 pmExhibitors
10:30 am - 11:00 amPanel Stage 1
10:30 am - 12:00 pmWorkshop 1
11:00 am - 11:20 amPanel Stage 2
11:30 am - 12:00 pmPanel Stage 3
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmKeynote Speaker
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmKeynote Speaker
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmAwards Ceremony
3:00 pm - 3:20 pmPanel Stage 4
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmWorkshop 2
3:30 pm - 3:50 pmPanel Stage 5
4:00 pm - 4:20 pmPanel Stage 6
June 21, 2018
Demo - TBD
8:00 am - 10:00 amRegistration
9:00 am - 12:00 pmExhibitors
9:15 am - 9:30 amWelcome Address
9:30 am - 10:00 amKeynote Speaker
10:00 am - 10:30 amKeynote Speaker
10:30 am - 10:50 amPanel Stage 1
10:30 am - 12:00 pmWorkshop 1
11:00 am - 11:20 amPanel Stage 2
11:30 am - 12:00 pmPanel Stage 3
12:30 pmClosing address
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Advance registration is required to attend. 
To register for the Fusion Xperience, click the "New Registration" button below. An email address may only be used once per registrant.
Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk or spam folder.

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018
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We have gathered together some of the most highly respected professionals in the industry to discuss the role in scaling companies in today's environment. Among our esteemed speakers and panelists are:

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A room block has been secured at The South Point Casino & Hotel, located 15 minutes from the event venue. Rooms are at a rate of $60.00 per night plus a reduced resort rate of
$14 per night (and any other applicable fees and taxes).  Guests are responsible for making their own reservations, and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  Please note the cutoff date for making a reservation in this room block is May 29, 2018.  

South Point Casino & Hotel

9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.                  
Las Vegas, NV 89183
The resort fee includes:
  • Complimentary in-room WIFI/Internet
  • Complimentary Fitness Center access
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Complimentary parking and valet 
To make an online reservation, click here.  If the group code does not automatically load, use: AFW0618.

To make a phone reservation, call 1-866-791-7626.  In order to receive the special group rate, guests must ask for the AFWERX Innovation Summit or use the group code: AFW0618.

The hotel requires a first night's deposit of room and tax, per room, when making a reservation. Individual cancellations may be made up until 72 hours prior to check-in. Cancellations inside of 72 hours of arrival shall forfeit the first night's room and tax deposit.

The following hotels are near The Enclave and off the strip, but do not have a contracted discounted rate for this event:

1) Hampton Inn & Suites (1.5 miles)
   6575 South Eastern Avenue

2) La Quinta Inn & Suites (1.5 miles)
   6560 Surrey Street

3) Hyatt Place (3.5 miles)
   4520 Paradise Road

4) Embassy Suites (3.5 miles)
   4315 Swenson Street

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  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: How do I register for the event?
A: Click on the "New Registration" button under the register tab, or on the home banner.  Registration closes June 8, 2018.

Q: Is there a registration fee to sign-up?
A: No, this event is free of charge for all attendees.

Q: I heard there was a C-UAS Competition on June 19, can I sign-up to attend?
A: The C-UAS Competition is invite only. This registration site is only for the events on June 20-21.

Q: Can I register onsite?

A: Yes, if you miss the online registration cutoff (June 8), onsite registration will be available at the Enclave.  Registration is open from 3:00-6:00 PM on June 19 and re-opens at 8:00 AM on June 20 and June 21.

Q: How do I register my exhibitor booth staff?

A: A unique expo password was/will be sent to your team when your challenge submission was/is accepted. You must use password to register as an exhibitor.


Q: Is there parking at the Enclave?
A: Yes, there is plenty of free parking on-site.


Q: Are meals provided at the event?
A: No, meals are not provided. However, there will be lunch/snack options available for purchase at the Enclave.


Q: What is the recommended dress?
A: Casual or business casual for both civilians and military attendees.


Q: When will additional information be posted about the schedule of events, and when can we sign up for workshops?
A: Workshop signup will open mid-end of May. An email will be sent to all registered participants letting them know when workshop registration opens.

Q: Who will be speaking at the event?
A: We are working to find the best speakers for our keynote series. As soon as the speakers and panelists are confirmed, the website will be updated.


Q: What is the plan for expo participants?
A: The expo will take place both days at the Enclave. Challenge submissions are currently being collected and down selected to the top 50 - 100. When the top 50 - 100 are identified (end of May), we will post their company name and expo booth location on the event website.

Q: Where can I submit a challenge submission?
A: The submission period is Apr 19 - May 20. For more information on the Fusion Challenge and to make a challenge submission, click here.


Q: I'm a member of the media, how can I attend?
A: Media is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please select "Media" as your attendee type and more information will be sent following your registration.

Q: Am I allowed to take photos and video?
A: Yes, photography and videography are allowed.


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If you could not find the answers you were looking for in this site or FAQ page, please use the comment box to send us your question. 
We will continue to update the website with schedule additions and speaker names / topics as they become available.


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