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The Department of Homeland Security’s R&D arm is coming to town next week

The federal agency hopes to find local tech solutions to the needs of first responders. Learn more at the 2016 Innovation Summit on Nov. 16.

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate in action, May 2015. (Photo via NASA HQ Photo, user under a Creative Commons license)
This is a guest post by Jennifer Schmitz of the i-Lab Delaware.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), which serves as the research and development for the federal agency, is coming to town to look for innovative solutions to the challenges of first responders.
The federal agency is coming as part of the 2016 Innovation Summit, hosted by Mason-Harriman Group’s i-Lab Delaware, in partnership with City of Wilmington.
The event will bring the talent of the Brandywine area together to discuss technology challenges and needs of first responders. The event is specifically inviting inventors, innovators, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology specialists to participate in an open call for solutions for S&T’s needs that will each be reviewed by DHS S&T. Funding opportunities from DHS S&T will also be discussed.
Register by Nov. 14. The free event, part of Delaware Innovation Week 2016, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Theatre N in the Nemours Building in Wilmington. The summit will outline possible problem areas to tackle and how to submit proposals to the agency.
This inaugural event will launch the first DHS S&T First Responders Group Partnership Intermediary Agreement as a platform to bring local talent together to explore DHS S&T needs and demystify the process of submitting proposals and receiving funding from the federal government. With support from the City of Wilmington, State of Delaware, Delaware University System, various outplacement organizations and local innovation centers, such as The Mill, innovators have a network of professionals that will help streamline the process of developing innovative solutions to satisfy the growing needs of those who protect and serve this nation.
DHS S&T monitors those threats and capitalizes on technological advancements at a rapid pace, developing solutions and bridging capability gaps at a pace that mirrors the speed of life. DHS S&T’s mission is to deliver effective and innovative insights, methods and solutions for the critical needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise.
For more detailed information regarding the i-Lab Delaware Innovation Summit and event stakeholders, please contact me at


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