Waterfront Athena Winners: Optical Database and Information Network (ODIN)


FC2 Robert VanAllen, FC2 Michael Owen, FC2 Lisa Stamp and ET2 Erika Johnson pitched the concept of ODIN at today’s Waterfront Athena Project and won the ADM Sims Award for Intellectual Courage in a landslide!

Their project is a concept for an integrated database that combines information from existing ship’s sensors to assiste in identification of surface contacts using EO technology, radar cross section, heat signatures and electromagnetic emissions to build an electronic profile of the ships. The results would allow watchstanders to rapidly identify long-range surface targets, providing increased tactical awareness and decision time.

Coming in second was LT Bill Hughes and his project Cosmogator – a celestial navigation application. Third Place went to a team of USS BENFOLD sailors that pitched a concept for Augmented Reality goggles and tablet-based Command and Control for the ship’s small caliber weapons systems.


LT Bill Hughes pitches his Cosmogator idea. In a bowtie.

There were about 75 innovators at Modern Times Brewery today to take part in the event, including Sailors from more than 15 afloat and ashore Naval commands as well as innovators from the University of Southern California, SPAWAR, Harris Corp, Disruptive Thinkers and the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell.

We had a great time opening up the proverbial flood gates for ideas and creating strong bridges between organizations. Thanks for all who took part in The Athena Project and helping us grow! Can’t wait for the next one! 


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