Science, Technology, and Innovation - Science Sticks with STIx!

Science Sticks with STIx!

The Science, Technology, and Innovation exchange will enable members of the Defense S&T community to share ideas surrounding DoD-sponsored science

Science Sticks with STIx!

Science is everywhere in the world around us and is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important; however, many people may not know that the origins of some of today’s most popular technologies, including the internet, Global Positioning System, and even duct tape were created by the Department of Defense (DoD). These types of innovations were created by the DoD Science &Technology (S&T) community coming together to share ideas and work together to solve the most pressing challenges the national and global scale.

To ensure these types of collaboration continue, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Basic Research Office is developing an innovative platform called the Science, Technology, and Innovation exchange, or “STIx” for short. STIx will enable members of the Defense S&T community to share ideas surrounding DoD-sponsored science with each other and with you!

The purpose of STIx is to encourage anyone from the public and members of the academic, research, and business communities to collaborate, to share new discoveries and to develop new scientific tools. This initiative will aid in solving complex real-world problems - whether it be discovering the next antibiotic or cure for a disease, creating the next generation phone that doubles as a medical device to provide aid in remote places, or even enabling long-term space travel!

STIx presentations will be modeled after the very popular Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) series of talks, which are effective because they short, to the point, and very powerful. No long, boring lectures! Some examples: “The Time Machine in Your Head” by Dr. Aude Lorde; “Mathematics & the Visual Imagination” by Dr. Robert Ghrist; “Building Nature’s Armor” and Grace Gu.

The inaugural STIx event will be held at the ByteCubed Meeting Facility located in Crystal City, Virginia on August 24-25, 2017. The theme of STIx is “The Big Question.” Presentations will focus on one or more of three major subtopics, which include:

- The big question that my research seeks to answer;
- The big question that my technology addresses;
- The big question of identifying, nurturing, recruiting, and/or retaining top STEM talent to ensure the nation’s present and future security.

To register for the event, learn more about the speakers, and find additional logistical information, please visit the following websites:

STIx event page:
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STIx online registration page:
Join us for STIx via the event live stream:

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Follow STIx on Twitter to learn more about extensive S&T investments, outcomes, and innovations from across the U.S. DoD enterprise:

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By Emily Tully