MEDIA ADVISORY: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Innovation Summit

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The 673d Air Base Wing will host a 3-day innovation summit Tuesday, Dec. 3 through Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the JBER-Richardson Arctic Warrior Event Center.

The purpose of this event is to highlight JBER as a leader in Air Force innovation initiatives, foster idea sharing and demonstrate new processes and equipment to Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and JBER mission partner leadership. It also offers a unique opportunity for insight and interaction between the best of both the civilian and military innovation communities.

Guests include Google, MITRE, TRON and Space Camp along with Air Force innovation leaders AFWERX and CYBERWORX, who partner a variety of innovative problem solvers - Airmen, cadets, industry, and academia - to connect Air Force warfighters with solutions that feature current and future technology in impactful ways.

Throughout the event, both military and civilian experts will present their ideas, processes and methodology on all things innovation. Event highlights include:

Day 1 (Dec. 3) Kickoff by Col Patricia CsĂ nk, 673d Air Base Wing Commander, from 8 to 8:15 a.m.; MITRE Capability Brief from 8:15 to 9 a.m.; Space Camp Capability Brief 10:15 to 11 a.m.; and Google’s Culture of Innovation and Capability Briefs from 2:50 to 4:20 p.m.

Day 2 (Dec. 4) There will be five breakout sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon and repeated at 1:15 to 4 p.m. as follows:

  •              AFWERX – How to start a Spark Cell
  •              CyberWorx – Human-Centered Design Workshop
  •              Space Camp – How to lead focus Groups and Conduct Interviews for Problem Sets
  •              MITRE – Challenge Statements and Requirements
  •              TRON – User-Centered Design Workshop

Day 3 (Dec. 5) highlights include the Anchorage I-Team & Launch Alaska and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Capability Brief and Perspective from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and Google’s “Pre-totyping” from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. which focuses on validating ideas quickly, objectively, and accurately; Google Machine Learning from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and closing remarks from Lieutenant General Thomas A. Bussiere at 4 p.m.

Media who wish to cover the event should contact the JBER Public Affairs Office by sending an email to or call (907) 552-8160 by noon Monday, Dec. 2, and provide the name of the media outlet, the reporter and a phone number.

Media interested in coverage of the entire event will be considered on a first-come-first serve basis as space will be limited during portions of the event. Please follow the same instructions listed above and state your intent to cover the full event.