DARPAConnect North Carolina Regional Pop-Up Event


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Applied Research Institute (ARI), Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation (TCRDF), and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH), a component of the NC Military Business Center, invite you to the DARPAConnect North Carolina Regional Pop-up event at The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a partnership between North Carolina A&T and UNC Greensboro, to be held on September 19, 2023.

DARPAConnect will broaden DARPA’s reach and stimulate growth and collaboration between DARPA, small businesses and education institutions new to the agency or national security space. This event is designed to educate, motivate, and inspire potential performers to engage with DARPA to grow the national security innovation ecosystem. 

Featured speakers for this event include:

•    Ms. Jennifer Thabet, Program Director, Small Business Programs Office (SBPO), DARPA
•    Dr. Kerri Dugan, Office Director, Biological Technologies Office (BTO), DARPA
•    Dr. Rohith Chandrasekar, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office (DSO), DARPA
•    Dr. Benjamin Griffin, Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), DARPA
•    Dr. Allyson O'Brien, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office (I2O), DARPA
•    Mr. Mark Jones, Contract Specialist, DARPA
•    Dr. Alex Place, Innovation Fellow, DARPA

If you're attending in person, you'll have exclusive access to one-on-one conversations with these experts and DoD stakeholders. Space is limited.

This full-day event will cover topical conversations, including:

•    Who is DARPA and What is DARPAConnect?
•    Understanding DARPA Announcements and Contract Vehicles
•    Engaging DARPA Program Managers
•    Interpreting and Shredding DARPA Solicitations
•    What is the Heilmeier Catechism?
•    Strategies for a Winning DARPA Proposal


The agenda will be provided to attendees soon. 

More Information

Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 12, 2023. If you have questions, please contact DEFTECH.

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The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

Virtual: Free | In person: $45
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