[Meet and interact with representatives from the Department of Defense.]
Department of Defense

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have long been proving grounds for technology advancements. We’re hosting representatives from each of these tech-forward organizations, and exploring the short- and long-term opportunities for light- and sound-based innovations. The LSI Conference is where ideas and opportunities converge. Learn how those collaborations can help warfighters stay safe and complete their missions in the years ahead.


Topics Include:

  • Meet MD5, the organization building the largest collaborative community of national security innovators in the world. Hear how MD5 is accelerating the dissemination of innovation throughout the DoD, increasing the number and viability of dual-use ventures that serve the needs of our warfighters.
  • The Defense Innovation Lab (DiLab) Takes Your Technology from Concept to Prototype to Low-Rate Production. DiLabs supports entrepreneurs working on defense and government focused technology.  They bring start-ups, laboratories, academia and industry together to deliver innovations to the warfighter—faster.
  • Learn how the Air Force is engaging small and medium-sized business to integrate solutions into the needs of the armed forces.

Track Leader:

Alyson Slack, Vice President – NYSTAR Business Development
Empire State Development – Division of Science, Technology & Innovation

Track Presenters
[Hear inspiring talks in an intimate setting with the best minds in the field.]
Department of Defense

Anissa Lumpkin

[Air Force Research Laboratory]

Dan Madden

[National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)]

Tommy Hendrix

[Decisive Point]

Eric Bashford

[Tribecca Workshop]

Deanine Lena

[Empire State Development, Division of Science, Technology & Innovation]

Pravina Raghavan

[ESD Division of Small Business & Technology Development]

MAJ Christian Lowry

[United States Air Force]
Track Schedule
[Hear inspiring talks in an intimate setting with the best minds in the field.]
Department of Defense

Wednesday, June 26

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Doing Business with the U.S. Government
Keynote, Anissa Lumpkin, Air Force Research Laboratory SBIR/STTR Program Lead: This is an exciting season for the AF SBIR/STTR program and the Air Force. History has taught us that big ideas come from small business. As stewards of Air Force investment in small businesses and their technologies we often talk about innovation. It comes from people like YOU. As someone who has worked with innovators since joining the Air Force family, I can tell you with certainty that innovation comes from ideas, inspiration, intuition and hard work. Finding a solution to a tough problem that is unique and that people will use is where true innovation resides. While this concept may seem simple, entrepreneurs and innovators know there is more to it than that. This is where establishing a relationship with us provides guidance, opens doors and presents opportunities.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Defense Innovation Ecosystem
Dan Madden, Regional Director at National Security Innovation Network: Dan Madden, Mid Atlantic Regional Director at NSIN, the Department of Defense’s national security technology accelerator, is a visiting scholar at Columbia University Entrepreneurship, and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He also serves as an adjunct senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Dan spent the last decade at the RAND Corporation conducting capability development and campaign assessment studies for the Department of Defense, helping to inform the Department’s modernization and planning efforts. 15 of these peer-reviewed reports have been publicly released, on topics ranging from special operations, acquisition, strategy, and North Korea.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Human Native Form & Building Tech for Warfighter
MAJ Christen Lowry, AETC: Join Major C. Christian Lowry, Chief of Strategic Innovation at Air University, in a discussion on a new way to interact with technology; Human Native Form is a person-centric approach to technology. For far too long we have adapted our lives around technology; the next technological revolution will change this by adapting technology to how we want to live. Human Native Form Theory posits that humans perceive the environment through senses and process the sense natively, producing useable information. This bypasses the need to translate data into information through cognition. HNF presents information instead of data, which decreases cognitive load and increases available working memory while providing more information to the user; thus, allowing better informed decisions and faster more decisive actions.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dual-use Commercial Technology for National Security
Thomas Hendrix, Decisive Point: Thomas Hendrix is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Decisive Point, a venture advisory firm providing bespoke Government Contracting expertise to early-stage ventures and the DoD Innovation Community. Previously, Thomas was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Zx Ventures and has served as an advisor to multiple early stage ventures. He began his career in the private sector as an Analyst at Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager and before that served in the U.S. Army for nearly 10-years as an Infantry and Special Forces Officer. Thomas earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and holds a BS in American Legal Systems from the United States Military at West Point.
12:00 p.m.
Demos and Planned Programming

Thursday, June 27

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
NY Innovation Assets
Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business & Technology Development, Empire State Development: Pravina, Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business and Technology Development for Empire State Development, has 20+ years of experience in providing strategic advisory services to businesses in the start-up, growth, expansion and maturity phases of development. Prior to joining ESD, Pravina was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Deputy Associate Administrator of Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the District Director for SBA’s New York District Office. Empire State Development’s (ESD) Division for Small Business and Technology Development has over 30 programs to support entrepreneurs and small business owners. The programs focus on providing support to small businesses in three areas: (1) Access to Capital, (2) Entrepreneurial Development and (3) Commercialization and Technology Assistance. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees can take advantage of utilizing these programs at any stage of their growth.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Leveraging USG R&D When Building Business
Eric Bashford, Tribecca Workshop: Eric Bashford has led principal transactions in the medical device, computer hardware, nanotechnology and software fields. He has also led numerous non-principal transactions, raising in aggregate over $100 million. He led the Rainer Research Group at M.H. Meyerson & Co., where in 1997 he wrote the first Wall Street recommendation of Stratasys, a pioneer and now the world’s largest factor in the 3-D printing business. Prior he was President, Director, and Investment Banking and Research Director of RAS Securities Corp. Mr. Bashford also held Senior Vice President positions in investment banking at Reich & Co., Inc., Hopper Soliday & Co., Inc., J.T. Moran & Co. and R.C. Stamm & Co. Mr. Bashford was also Managing Partner of First Equity Management, a venture capital firm specializing in technology and communications issues, and was a Vice President and technology research analyst at First Manhattan Co. and Martin Simpson & Co., Inc. Mr. Bashford is a Chartered Financial Analyst with an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and has a B.A. in Economics and Management from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He previously held New York licenses in life and property and casualty. Bashford has been involved in extensive real estate development activities in Park Slope Brooklyn, where he grew up. Bashford and his wife are active in community affairs through their support and development of Broader Horizons, an intercultural language education program in the Westchester New York schools. Bashford served as Trustee of the Board of Education in Briarcliff Manor, New York from 2009 to 2012. His work on identifying and resolving the school districts’ severe environmental problems was featured in a major article in the Huffington Post in 2012. He is a past member of the Village of Briarcliff Manor Zoning Board. Bashford is Vice Chair of the Wharton Club of New York Real Estate Investment Group.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Navigating the Fed Acquisition Process - AKA: "Ask a Contracting Officer"
Eric Horan, Defense Innovation Lab
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Defense Startup Panel
Street Smart VR, VidRovr, 3AM Innovations: Thomas Hendrix moderates a panel between representatives from Street Smarts VR, VidRovr, and 3AM Innovations where they discuss the latest technologies for the United States Government.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Out of the Box: Flexible Hybrid Electronics
Scott Miller, Ph.D., is the Director of Strategic Programs at NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute. In this role he is responsible for the portfolio or technical projects funded by NextFlex, oversees technical projects within the Institute, builds and manages relationships with government and industry partners, and develops key initiatives. Prior to joining NextFlex, Scott led materials R&D groups at GE Global Research supporting healthcare, aviation, power, and oil & gas businesses. Scott was the Founding Board Chair of the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC). His relevant areas of technical focus have included printed, flexible, and hybrid electronics; wearable devices; additive manufacturing; and bioprinting and biofabrication.

Experienced Speakers

Hear inspiring talks in an intimate setting with the best minds in the field.


Take part in closed-door demonstrations from military supply manufacturers, technology developers and integrators.

Track Venue

Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center