Technology Tracks Small Business Innovation Summit

Learn more about what’s really going on in the next wave of innovative technologies. AFCEA presents the Small Business Innovation Summit to explore and examine the pioneering technologies most likely to have the greatest impact in the immediate future.

Zero Trust Networks: How can organizations use this approach to respond to the latest threat vectors?
This security concept centers on the belief that organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside its perimeters. Instead, they must verify any person, device, system, application or network before allowing it to connect to their systems. It calls for enterprises to leverage micro-segmentation and granular perimeter enforcement based on users, their locations and additional data. How can organizations use this technique to their advantage?

5G: What is the U.S. government’s transformation network strategy?
5G technology companies are promising to change the way networks will be used with super-fast wireless wire-speed mobile networks. By travelling in the super high frequency range, 5G promises to deliver data 100 times faster with latency rates in the 1 millisecond range, but walls and windows could be barriers. How will the government take advantage of what 5G has to offer and address the issues it could bring with it?

Artificial Intelligence: How are the public and private sectors utilizing this fast emerging capability and its applications?
Artificial intelligence enables machines to recognize patterns that humans may not see. It builds evidence for its conclusions by looking at thousands of pieces of text that give it a level of confidence. Based on the observation that humans come to conclusions by building up collections of evidence, artificial intelligence mimics humans but goes miles further. How can organizations take advantage of AI, which promises to revolutionize every stitch and seam in technologies?

Blockchain Technology: How can organizations create closed, more secure information networks?
Blockchain security and privacy protocols are based on using a cryptographic hash function; its own hash key identifies each block of transactions in the chain. The complexity of the crypto hash function reduces the blockchain’s susceptibility to fraud. Because activities and adversaries in cyberspace grow more numerous and dangerous every day, how can the blockchain approach keep the bad actors out while facilitating a free flow of information?

Agile Development: How can agencies employ agile processes to improve acquisition and deliver cutting-edge technologies to their workforces faster?
Rapid delivery through continuous delivery is one way government organizations are addressing the current problem of equipping their workforces with too-little, too-late technology advances. Small businesses are agile by nature, and new processes could facilitate their innovations into this tech-hungry marketplace faster. What roadblocks stand in the way of agility in the government's acquisition processes and practices?

The New Space Revolution: How is the government creating opportunities for the private sector in the low Earth orbit marketplace?
Small businesses are helping fuel explosive growth in the commercial space marketplace. This trend toward small satellites operating in low Earth orbit could be the next frontier for small businesses and government engagement. What do companies need to know first when they see this arena as an area of growth? What are the advantages and disadvantages of partnering when heading out into this new frontier?