The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the American Security Challenge (ASC) are extending the registration deadline for the first-ever INSA American Security Challenge (IASC) to Friday, October 14, 2011. IASC aims to connect growing and innovative security, intelligence and technology-focused companies labeled “Challengers” in the national capital region directly with government agencies and contractors, system integrators and potential investors titled “Pilot Award Partners.”
“The INSA American Security Challenge is an incredibly efficient and effective way to connect the technology innovators with the public and private sector organizations who leverage the new technology while performing their respective missions of the most crucial work in intelligence and national security,” said Ellen McCarthy, President of INSA.
INSA is anticipating more than 100 Challenger businesses to submit technologies for evaluation. IASC will give these growing businesses direct exposure and immediate feedback from Pilot Award Partners in order to market emerging technologies, while saving Challengers time and money to promote company technologies to the defense and intelligence communities. These submissions will be evaluated against the participating Pilot Award Partner requirements. The evaluating categories include cyber security, physical security, energy and C4ISR.
“Giving companies with great technologies exposure to qualified sales prospects (Pilot Award Partners) provides these innovators with new sales opportunities. Similarly, the Pilot Award Partners don’t have to spend the time or resources to find and wade through hundreds of ordinary companies outside of their current network to discover the valuable technology partners they would not have otherwise been aware of,” said Roger London, ASC Chairman.
Pilot Award Partners will select a couple Challengers that will then present technologies January 18, 2012. Pilot selections, top performers, and new partnership relationships will also be announced at this event. Pilot Award Partners are allowed to test-drive one or more of the highest scoring Challenger solutions against real-world stresses.
INSA is the premier intelligence and national security organization that brings together the public, private and academic sectors to collaborate on the most challenging policy issues and solutions facing our nation today. ASC is a program that pro-actively scouts innovation communities for technologies with capabilities matching the requirements of national security customers/users including the federal Defense and Intelligence Community, private sector Critical Infrastructure Owners and Fortune 500 companies.