Registration Opens For Inaugural Midwest Defense Innovation Summit

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Leaders in the defense development sector today announced that registration has been opened for the inaugural Midwest Defense Innovation Summit, scheduled for October 21, 2020.

The first-ever summit will bring together organizations including industry, government, and academia which are developing innovative technologies with policymakers and defense leaders who are helping steer the nation’s defense strategy.

Originally scheduled to occur over two days in Carmel, Indiana, the event has been shifted to a completely virtual format in order to preserve the health and safety of program participants and summit attendees.

“This summit will be a launching pad for a new era of defense technology development in the Midwest,” said Stephen E. Kelly, president, and CEO of the Indiana Innovation Institute. “We are thrilled that summit attendees will be able to hear from some of the country’s most prominent voices in the defense industry and be able to interact with their peers – all from the comfort and safety of their own home or office.”

The summit has already lined up an impressive list of speakers with more announcements to come. Invited program participants include Midwestern governors and top leaders in the Defense Department, the U.S. Military and in the defense industry. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Governor Eric Holcomb (Indiana)
  • Dr. Mark J. Lewis, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Dr. Mark Tschopp, Regional Lead for the Army Research Laboratory

The summit’s organizing committee includes a consortium of organizations, including the Indiana Innovation Institute, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), Radius Indiana, and the National Security Innovation Network.

Registration is now open with early bird rates of $75 for government and military and $100 for general attendees.

In order to register or get more information about the Midwest Defense Innovation Summit, visit