NEXTTECH 2020: Air Force Research Laboratory

We partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to search for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with market-ready tech that can address the needs below:

  • Enable smartphones to function in subzero conditions for hours and days.
  • Sensors to detect small molecules in real-time at varying altitudes.
  • A flexible and rugged device with the ability to remove salt ions and provide real-time analysis of sweat.

This was our third NEXTTECH event, and the second one with a federal agency. The participating MBES were from all over the U.S. including California and Puerto Rico. Following an explanation of the challenges by Dr. David Stargel, Deputy Chief Scientist of AFRL, the companies asked technical questions and questions about how an MBE manufacturer can work with AFRL.

To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory initiative, view the video below.

Register for NMMS 2019 Today!

Register to attend NMMS 2019 today so your business can experience the catalyst effects of the Summit. Click HERE for tickets.

As the 4th Annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2019 approaches, here are four reasons YOU should attend:

1. EXPAND your network. Meet fellow minority manufacturers and potential suppliers at our opening reception, August 11th.

2. EXPOSE your business. On August 12th, participate in Fast Pitch matchmaking sessions and One-on-One meetings with corporations and Original Equipment Manufacturers. Additionally, take the opportunity to highlight your company through the Annual Poster Walk Competition.

3. EXPERIENCE new technology. Hear from our keynote speakers how AI and Virtual Reality are transforming the manufacturing industry. Visit our Innovation Pods to learn about the latest technology being implemented by modern manufacturers.

4. ENCOUNTER innovation. Take the KIA Motors Manufacturing Plant Tour. See first-hand how an automotive manufacturer uses the technology of today to manufacture for tomorrow.

Still not convinced?

Meet attendee, Walter Griggs, founder and CEO of SquarePac. SquarePac is a one stop source for custom returnable packaging and material handling solutions based in Atlanta, GA. Griggs said, “The Summit has been an amazing opportunity to partner with global manufacturers and global distribution centers.” The 2018 Summit allowed Griggs to get in contact with larger companies who are taking SquarePac to “another level.” When asked about his experience, Griggs said, “This has been a great event, and I suggest anyone, MBE or non-MBE, should come out and take advantage of what the summit has to offer.”

Griggs and the SquarePac team receiving the Poster Walk award from Donna Ennis, Project Director of the Atlanta MBDA Center, at the 2017 NMM Summit.

Register to attend NMMS 2019 today so your business can experience the catalyst effects of the Summit. Click HERE for tickets.