CyberWorx Design Sprint Planned to Create Proof of Concept for IoT “Smart Bases”

C-TRAC, the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization, will be hosting the week-long #AFSmartBases-3PT CyberWorx Design Sprint at the United States Air Force Academy January 23 – 26, 2018.

CyberWorx educates Air Force Airmen while simultaneously partnering with industry to solve cyber problems facing our Nation. Design thinking – a structured framework for understanding and pursuing innovation in ways that encourage outside-the-box thinking – figures prominently in the CyberWorx Sprint process.

The Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (http://www.c-trac.org), located at the Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs, is a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that assists the Academy by supporting the needs of the CyberWorx program.

The #AFSmartBases-3PT Sprint will create a proof of concept, sufficient to create a minimum viable product, for incorporating smart- and cloud-based technologies into physical fitness tracking and testing for Airmen to ensure the Air Force’s personnel readiness and time management during PT testing and back-end reporting and monitoring. This effort will also offer opportunities for conceptualizing, experimenting with, and evaluating the feasibility of using secure IoT technologies for potential Air Force “Smart Base” applications.

This will be the third Sprint to focus on Smart Bases, the creation of Air Force bases that fully leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and similar “smart” technologies to improve mobility, automation, learning and sharing, and cybersecurity. The previous two Smart Bases Sprints were successful at demonstrating the advantages of this approach, and this Sprint will build on their results.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recently pointed out, “Innovation is the hallmark of the United States Air Force. From time to time it is important to refresh our science and technology strategy, to step back from the programs and

problems of today and project 10 or 20 years into the future.” The #AFSmartBases-3PT Design Sprint expects to further this objective with the additional analysis and prototyping of Smart Base technologies.

CyberWorx is looking for industry partners to explore and experiment with the best ways to move forward on Smart Base concepts. Industry members and academic leaders who wish to contribute to this week-long design sprint are encouraged to begin the process by contacting the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC) at info(at)c-trac.org or applying here. Benefits of participating include interfacing with Air Force cadets, Air Force leaders and stakeholders, building relationships and partnerships with other commercial industry participants, and providing recommendations for implementing commercial products and solutions and data analytics techniques for the Air Force enterprise.

Industry partners from the following fields are invited to apply: Fitness Technology, Fitness Performance Measurement & Tracking, Data Management & Analysis, Internet of Things (IoT), Technology Innovation, Wearables, RFID, Health Care, Physical Training, Systems Engineering, IT Systems, Back-End Data Support, Fitness/Gym CIO.

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