Innovation Challenges & Sprints

TechConnect Ventures is seeking innovations and emerging technology for the following industry needs.

Reef Starter Innovation Challenge
Reef Starter Innovation Challenge

The Reef Starter Innovation Challenge is bringing access to the microgravity environment to companies across a diverse range of technologies and industries. Learn more about this exciting new challenge!

 

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NASA Orbital Alchemy Challenge

Extraterrestrial explorations require the use of many kinds of materials for spacecraft structures, crew and spacecraft protection, generating electricity, connecting instruments to computers, and communicating with operators back on Earth. Materials like titanium, aluminum, silicon, and ceramics are all widely used in both satellites and rocket bodies, along with other substances. While some spacecraft return to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere, others continue to orbit for years. These objects in space represent a vast untapped resource of materials waiting to be re-used in the rapidly developing field of on-orbit manufacturing, providing ready access to valuable materials for new space missions.

Through this challenge, NASA explores whether a new industry could transform this orbital debris into an orbital opportunity by creating feedstocks from recycled spacecraft. Tell us how YOU would recycle objects in orbit!

 

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LG NOVA Proto Challenge

We're looking for innovative approaches and technologies that could launch entirely new business initiatives within LG. Whether you're enabling new services in-the-home that make life better, a new way to make electric vehicle charging more widely available to create a more sustainable world, or something else entirely, we encourage you to apply!

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TSA The Power of Passengers Challenge

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of its security efforts, as well as improve passenger security screening experience by leveraging innovative approaches and technologies.

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Enabling Technologies for Flanged Connections Between Reactor System Components Challenge

TechConnect Ventures' client, The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), seeks immediate expressions of interest from individuals or organizations with innovative solutions or expertise to enable flanged connections between components in next-generation nuclear power systems.

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COVID-19 Technologies Series
  • Detection technologies for identification of SARS-CoV-2
  • Diagnostic technologies for identification of SARS-CoV-2
  • Technologies for improved delivery of supplemental oxygen

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NASA Lunar Deep Freeze Challenge

NASA has a mission critical need for novel small-footprint, lightweight, low-/no-power cryogenic containment solutions that will enable long-term storage and transportation of lunar material samples back to Earth.

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5G+ TECHNOLOGY SERIES
  • Enabling technologies for flexible and conformal antennas
  • Enabling technologies for Dynamic Spectrum Utilization and Sharing (5G+)
  • Innovations in wide bandgap radio frequency analog circuits

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Packaging Sprint Series
  • Innovations in fresh food packaging
  • Novel bio-sourced plastics for rigid packaging
  • Innovations in direct printing for plastics, polymers and packaging
  • Novel moisture barrier technologies for packaging
  • Innovations in sustainable multilayer packaging technologies

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NASA Open Innovation Challenges

TechConnect Ventures is proud to be awarded as a featured vendor the NASA Open Innovation Services 2 (NOIS2) contract. The 5-year, $25M NOIS2 contracting vehicle will access the power of our innovation ecosystem to solve some of NASA's greatest technology challenges.

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Wearables & Sensors Sprint Series

Seeking novel solutions focused on technologies related to sensor monitoring and analytics, including wearable devices for personal health and thermal management monitoring, as well as portable sensors and 3D visualization of sensor data.

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Open Challenge Sprint Series

Seeking technology solutions for our consortium of industry scouts and corporate VCs. Current programs include Advanced Materials, Digital Transformation and Biomedical Sprint Series.

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Verification of operational hardware authenticity and integrity

Seeking innovative solutions to verify the authenticity and integrity of hardware components by the end user.

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Disruptive Innovations and Emerging Technologies for Large Power Transformers

Seeking innovative solutions to replace the current state-of-the-art in Large Power Transformers for power generation by reducing the overall transformer size and improving ease of replacement.

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POWERED BY TECHCONNECT

For over 20 years, TechConnect has provided advanced technology prospecting and commercialization programs to advance innovation partnerships within its global network. TechConnect has sourced over $250B in industry funds and $25B in government funds to date through our global Events and Innovation Challenges such as the Utilities Innovation Challenges, Advanced Materials Challenges, Defense Medical Challenges, and many more! Learn more at: www.techconnect.org