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DEFx Washington DC (DEFxDC)

  • School of Continuing Studies Georgetown University Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 (map)

***Make sure to stick around for the Happy Hour at 4PM, hosted by TechCongress***

Register here.

DEFx Washington DC (DEFxDC) is a day-long DEF event that, this year, will take place on 13 July 2018 at Georgetown University. DEFxDC is one of DEF’s flagship events. Each of the previous three iterations tapped into the D.C. area’s national security community to bring 80-100 people together for a great day of learning, discussion, designing and more. We are excited to partner with the Center for Security Studies, which is helping support this day-long event!

This year’s theme is “Innovating Change: From Design Thinking to Designing Policy.” We will address challenges and opportunities facing the national security policy community and show conference participants how to design and implement through solutions. The event is open to all, civilian or military, interested in shaping the defense and security conversation.

9:00 AM Opening and Registration

9:15 AM Plenary Sessions:
- Loren Schulman & Ryan Evans
- Wendy Anderson & Peter Levine

12:00 PM Lunch & Address from Morgan Plummer

1:00 PM Breakout Session #1:
- "NatSec Professionals: What It’s Like"
- "Joint Staff / Military Concepts"

2:30 PM Breakout Session #2
- "Emerging Tech"

4:00 PM Wrap-Up and Happy Hour

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit dedicated to promoting and enabling a culture of innovation in the US national security community. The mission of DEF is to inspireconnect and empower people committed to national security through convening events, forging partnerships and delivery of tangible solutions. Some of the ways the connections happen include monthly gatherings, periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then DEFxDC is a great way to learn more. Don't want to wait until the event? You can sign up as a member at bit.ly/DEFjoin to get free access to our online communities, national programs and other information. See more on our website.


Why should I register? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Parking may be available, but further details will be provided. Using a ride share service is always a safe bet!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don't like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.