State, DoD, USAID teams tackle diplomacy challenge
Six interagency teams from the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) were recently chosen to present at the D3 Innovation Summit on March 2. The Summit was a joint initiative of State, DoD, and USAID, and brought together experts from across the U.S. government and the private sector to discuss emerging technologies and collaborative, whole-of-government innovation essential to solving global challenges.
The six teams were selected from the D3 Pitch Challenge, which asked interagency teams to design innovative technology solutions to strengthen national security, enhance diplomacy, and improve the lives of people around the world. There were 500 submissions to the Challenge.
The six finalists presented their proposals before a senior government panel. The proposals included uses for 3-D printing technology in post-disaster management, active shooter protection in U.S. embassies and other facilities, and uses for space-based solar power technologies for renewable energy.