Spark Tank

Spark Tank

Target Audience

  • Active Duty Airmen
  • Air National Guard
  • Air Force Reserves
  • Air Force Civilians

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2018 Spark Tank Champion

Unleashing the innovative capacity of our Airmen

Spark Tank is an annual competition 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.

To support Spark Tank, AFWERX launched a crowdsourcing platform called IdeaScale which allows airmen to share ideas, critique submissions, and upvote the most promising solutions. The Airmen with the most game changing and upvoted ideas then compete at the culminating event, Spark Tank.

This is designed to encourage intrapreneurship, retain innovators, and speed adoption of emerging technologies, especially those developed by Airmen that bring game changing impact to our Force.

"We challenge all Airmen to share their best ideas that build upon senior leader priorities to restore readiness, increase the lethality of the force and drive innovation to secure our future” -SecAF Heather A. Wilson


Watch the 2018 Spark Tank Final Competition


Lauren Knausenberger

Capability Lead, Spark Tank

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How to Get Involved

Submit an idea to the 2019 Spark Tank Challenge. Idea submissions are open until 01 November 2018.

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