Innovation Jam: One Week Away!


The next big idea to impact the Navy is coming directly from the fleet!

Brought to you by a cavalcade of sponsors, including Commander, Pacific Fleet, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, the Office of Naval Research, OPNAV N4, and The Athena Project, the Innovation Jam will be hosted aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2) on Wednesday, March 16th as six deckplate concepts will compete for the chance to slingshot their idea into reality!

We’re incredibly excited to be working with a stellar group, and showcasing ideas from Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG), The Hatch, SSC Pacific and The Athena Project!

Beyond the ideas, we’ll get to hear from some truly exceptional civilian thought leaders, including Dr. Nathan Myhrvold and Dr. Maura Sullivan, be motivated by some of our Navy’s innovation catalysts like Admiral Scott Swift (PACFLT), Vice Admiral Phil Cullom (OPNAV N4) and MCPON Mike Stevens, hear the exciting story of COMNAVSURFLANT’s excellent work being accomplished after 3M TANG onboard USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17), and glimpse some awesome concepts in development at SSC Pacific.

Our partners at SSC Pacific posted a great summary of the event on their Facebook page. Here’s the big takeaways for any San Diego region innovators looking to come and be a part of this event:

Attendance is free. Uniform is the Navy Working Uniform. Participation is open to all active duty military, reserve units and DOD civilian employees. Military ID or CAC required for entry. Lunch will be available. The cost is $10 for active duty military and civilians.

A sunset social will take place immediately after on the flight deck. The cost is $10 per person. Cash only for both events; please bring exact amount as there will be limited ability to make change. Space is limited to the first 150 participants.

If you will be having lunch or attending the social please indicate so in your email. Please send your name as it appears on your military ID or CAC, military rank or civilian title, and your parent command or civilian organization to If you do not have a CAC, please note this in your email and send your name and a request for special access to

0800 – 0900 – Registration: USS ESSEX (LHD-2) is located on 32nd street, pier 7
0900 – 1200 – Keynote address; Civilian speakers, Intro of contestants
1200 – 1330 – Poster session/technology demos/buffet lunch
1330 – 1630 – Shark tank style competition; announce winner
1630 – 1800 – Sunset social event on flight deck


We’re looking forward to connecting with the Innovation Ecosystem in San Diego at this event! For any additional questions, don’t hesitate to comment below, or reach out to us on Facebook!



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