DARPAConnect Arizona Regional Pop-up Event

When:  Feb 29, 2024 from 08:30 to 16:30 (MT)
Associated with  DARPAConnect

DARPAConnect is designed to broaden DARPA’s reach and stimulate growth and collaboration between DARPA and small businesses and education institutions new to the agency or to the national security space. With the goal of breaking down barriers of entry, this event is designed to educate, motivate, and inspire potential performers to engage with DARPA to grow the national security innovation ecosystem. 

This full-day event features DARPA office directors, program managers, and staff, with topical conversations that include:

  • Understanding DARPA Announcements and Contract Vehicles
  • Engaging DARPA Program Managers Using the Heilmeier Catechism 
  • Interpreting and Shredding DARPA Solicitations
  • Strategies for Crafting a Winning DARPA Proposal 

Registration to attend is available for in-person and online. The opportunity to hold one-on-one conversations with DARPA program managers and DoD stakeholders will only be offered for in-person attendees, and space is limited. Additional details, including the detailed agenda, will be available soon.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Kerri Dugan, Director, Biological Technologies Office
  • Dr. Ben Griffin, Acting Deputy Director, Microsystems Technology Office
  • Dr. Carl McCants, Special Assistant to the DARPA Director
  • Dr. Catherine Campbell, Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
  • Mr. Naim Merheb, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
  • Ms. Laura Younger, SBIR/STTR SETA, DARPA Small Business Programs Office
  • Mr. Mark Jones, Contract Specialist, DARPA Contracts Management Office
  • Mr. John Bauer, Contract Specialist, DARPA Contracts Management Office
  • Ms. Jamie Bugett, Program Security Officer, DARPA Security and Intelligence Directorate
  • Dr. Becca Chmiel, Innovation Fellow, DARPA
  • Dr. Bill Kiser, Program Manager, DARPAConnect (EVP of Science and Technology, ARI)
  • Dr. Jess Resig, Deputy Program Manager, DARPAConnect (Director of Solutions Innovation, ARI)
  • Mr. Scott Helmore, DARPAConnect
  • Mr. Abraham Turner, MG, US Army (Ret)
  • Mr. John Rosenthall, President, TCRDF


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215 East Grant Street, Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ 85004