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About Us

AFWERX is a community of Air Force innovators who strive to connect Airmen to solutions across the force: whether that be funding, collaborating with industry, or simply receiving guidance on a project. We were established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force, report to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and are comprised of active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Air Force Civilian Service, and contractor personnel.

We like to think of ourselves as a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation. Our goal is to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the Air Force by enabling thoughtful, deliberate, ground-up innovation across the Air Force.

Airmen, companies tackle mission pain points during AFWERX Spark Collider

Over the span of two days, more than 150 Airmen and 200 entrepreneurs joined together to see which missions could match up to an associated business product.

Rapid acquisition leads to success for Air Force small business partner

Rapid success in contracting has earned Air Force representatives an invite to the opening of the Nasdaq Stock Market July 3 in New York City.

Two teams tie to win Spark Tank 2020

For the first time, two teams tied to as winners of the Spark Tank 2020 competition at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium.

AFPC Hosts Inaugural Innovation Symposium, Launches Idea Campaign

The event featured guest speakers, presentations and an expo, and also served as the platform to launch an internal idea crowdsourcing campaign called “Wild Ideas.”

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We're thrilled to have you join us on our mission to create a smarter, faster Air Force designed with Airmen needs at it's core.

Explore the following guides for ways to get involved.

Airmen Industry Academia
Innovation Hubs

We have three innovation hubs across the U.S that serve as connection and collaboration points across military, academic and entrepreneurial communities.

Spark

Spark is a grassroots innovation program that leverages the ingenuity of Air Force intrapreneurs at the base level and non-traditional partners to create unique opportunities for the military’s operational experts to collaborate with the top problem solvers in industry, academia, and the government.

Challenges

AFWERX Challenge is the combination of the defense, academic, startup, private sector and small business worlds to collaborate through challenges and live events.

Tech Accelerators

Technology Accelerators provide startup companies with education, resources, mentorship, and access to investors and customers in order to bolster those companies' likelihood of success.

Spark Tank

Spark Tank is an annual event where Airmen pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts. Hosted each year at the Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium, thousands of attendees watch the innovation pitches to senior leaders.

AFVentures

AFVentures harnesses the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to enable the Air Force to develop and adopt commercially viable innovations as integrated program components or operationally effective commercial off-the-shelf solutions while providing a competitive edge to the U.S. entrepreneur and technology ecosystem.

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Learn about upcoming events, innovation challenges, and have the opportunity to submit your ideas.

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If we want to be as innovative an Air Force as we possibly can, every one of us can play a part in preventing that risk-averse, norm-enforcing, creativity-suppressing crystallization from forming around us.
Tech. Sgt. Daniel Hulter