The Midwest Tech Bridge encompasses a vibrant innovation ecosystem made up of academia, industry, partnership intermediaries, the government and Department of Defense laboratories that are closely aligned to Navy and Marine Corps interests. The Midwest Tech Bridge resides at the crossroads of not only Navy and Marine Corps mission sets, but also connects nearby Air Force and Army Research Laboratories. ARI serves as our Partnership Intermediary.
Our mission is to educate the ecosystem on resources available in the Midwest, Crane technology areas, partnership opportunities, and how to work with the Department of Defense. We work to rapidly and efficiently identify and engage organizations with technologies that meet NSWC Crane technical requirements; plan and host activities to engage and connect ecosystem members; and offer expertise and collaboration space, such as the Cyber-Physical Systems Lab to help ecosystem partners develop their ideas into innovations.
Convene and connect activities for Midwest Tech Bridge largely comprise regular events, including:
- Small Business Events
- Tech Demonstrations
- The HackIN hackathon
- Midwest Defense Innovation Summit
- Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver (ASIUM) Prize Challenge
- Industry Day
- Innovation and Prize Challenges
- SBIR/STTR Workshops focused on those in the Uplands region
The Cyber-Physical Systems (CyPhy) Lab offers our ecosystem partners meeting areas, flexible workspace and a well-equipped laboratory to drive innovation among entrepreneurs, small and large businesses, academia, NSWC Crane engineers and U.S. Government sponsors. The lab, located near NSWC Crane, reduces barriers to collaboration and provides equipment and experienced personnel to support prototyping that can lead to deployed solutions for defense, national intelligence and other government areas, and the commercial sector.