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Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Futures Directorate

Quantico, VA

2018 Marine Corps Innovation Symposium

"Make Innovation part of our service culture and processes." 

About the Innovation Symposium
Background of the Innovation Symposium

Background of the Innovation Symposium

SYMPOSIUM BACKGROUND: The deputy commandant for combat development and integration sponsors the annual Marine Corps innovation symposium to bring together individuals from across the service to address challenges and to inform senior leaders of alternative approaches to enable organizational change. This year, the 3rd annual Marine Corps innovation symposium will be co-hosted by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and the Next Generation Logistics (NEXLOG) Innovation Cell. Photograph by Matt Lyman
Purpose of the Symposium

Purpose of the Symposium

PURPOSE OF THE SYMPOSIUM. During this year’s innovation symposium, we will explore how to instill innovation as part of our service culture and processes. Participants from across the Marine Corps will come together in Quantico, VA from 24-26 July 2018 to educate the force, promote organizational transformation, and identify actionable recommendations and actions to make innovation part of the Marine Corps culture and processes. Photograph taken by: Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre
Concept of Operations

Concept of Operations

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS. This two and half-day symposium will consist of four working groups, plenary speakers from the Marine Corps, industry, and academia and displays of successful and ongoing innovative efforts. Photograph taken by: Lance Cpl. Rhita Daniel
Symposium Collaboration

Symposium Collaboration

INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM COLLABORATION: Prior to the symposium there will be online portals available for any active duty or reserve marine, marine civilian, or sailor serving with marines to collaborate on each of the working group topics. An additional portal will be available to collect unit challenges that will be available for attendees at the symposium to recommend solutions for. Portals will be accessible via a link on the symposium website and will be active from 25 May 2018 – 6 July 2018. Photograph taken by Matt Lyman
Register for the Innovation Symposium

Register for the Innovation Symposium

Collaboration Sites

Collaboration Sites

Any active duty or reserve marine, marine civilian, or sailor serving with marines are welcome to collaborate on each of the working group topics. Topics: - Cultural Changes for Empowering Innovation - Emerging Technologies - Innovating Policy, Planning & Acquisition - Enhancing Human Resources - What challenges does your unit face?
Guest Speaker - Balaji Iyer

Guest Speaker - Balaji Iyer

Mr. Balaji Iyer leads the AI and Machine Learning business initiatives for Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services, where he specializes in helping customers to accelerate innovation using AWS Machine Learning, Deep Learning & AI powered solutions and pipelines. His background includes over 15 years’ building operating systems, big data analytics solutions, distributed systems, mobile services, and web applications.
Guest Speaker - Dr Thomas X Hammes

Guest Speaker - Dr Thomas X Hammes

In his thirty years in the Marine Corps, T. X. Hammes served at all levels in the operating forces to include command of a rifle company, a weapons company, intelligence battalion, an infantry battalion and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. He served as regimental S-2 and S-4: Division G-2, G-3 Plans, G-3 Operations, G-3 Training; MEF G-5 and G-2 Plans; and Fleet Marine Officer. He participated in stabilization operations in Somalia and Iraq as well as training insurgents in various places. Hammes has a Masters in Historical Research and a Doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. He is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. He is the author of two books and over 150 articles and opinion pieces. He has lectured widely at U.S. and International Staff and War Colleges.
Guest Speaker - Niki Glassmire

Guest Speaker - Niki Glassmire

Niki Glassmire is an Associate Partner within IBM Global Business Service (GBS) Public Services Sector Cognitive Solutions Practice where she is responsible for delivery of our Cognitive Projects Portfolio. Additionally, she is responsible for growth in our Defense and Intelligence business where she manages 30+ Public Sector Cognitive Consultants delivering cognitive and artificial intelligence projects in both classified and unclassified realms. Niki has proven abilities in complex project management, process improvement and implementation, and strategic design. She uses outstanding leadership and communication skills to build trusted relationships and deliver innovative cognitive business solutions. Outside of work, Niki loves to explore the outdoors and travel with her husband and young daughter.
Guest Speaker - Matthew Dalkiewicz

Guest Speaker - Matthew Dalkiewicz

Matt is an Account Manager in the Navy/Marine Corps Account within the Defense and Intelligence (D&I) Industry in IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) Public Service sector. Matt has performed in a variety of sales, business development, and consulting roles since leaving active duty Marine Corps service in 2005 where he served as a logistics officer at multiple commands to include 2d Radio Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Marine Barracks Washington, the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, and the 2d Marine Division. Leveraging his background in logistics and supply chain management, Matt became a certified strategy and planning consultant working on projects at the DoD Business Transformation Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deliver end-to-end business solutions, as-is/to-be assessments, and business process reengineering services. Matt then transitioned to capture and proposal management of large, complex deals before becoming a director of business development, and now an account manager where he is responsible for managing the lifecycle of business opportunities from identification through sales and delivery. Matt retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in November 2017 having last served as a logistics planner for the MAGTF Staff Training Program where he supported several MEF and Large Scale Exercises as both an exercise role player and an observer/trainer. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Economics, and also attended and completed the USDA Graduate School, Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, the DoD Security Assistance Manager Course, and the Advanced Logistics Operations Course. He and his wife have four children. Matt enjoys playing golf, cheering for Penn State sports teams, doing crossword puzzles, and reading historical fiction novels.
Sponsor for this year's Innovation Symposium - MD5

Sponsor for this year's Innovation Symposium - MD5

MD5 is accelerating the dissemination of innovation knowledge and methods throughout the DoD workforce. We are building new communities of innovators to create a novel capacity for national security problem solving. We help generate and increase the number and viability of dual-use ventures that serve the needs of our warfighters.
Directions to Symposium

Military and DoD personnel must present DoD identification to enter the base. Marine sentries assist visitors arriving at the base; visitors are issued vehicle passes and given directions to their destination. Proper identification, such as a state driver’s license, is required to get onto base.

From I-95: Take exit 150, Quantico/Triangle. Take route 619 east to the entrance of the base. Pass through the gate and follow Fuller Road for approximately 3 miles. Bear right. Fuller Road becomes Barnett Avenue. Turn left at the second traffic light (before the Quantico Fire Station) onto Martin Avenue, and go underneath the railroad bridge. Turn right at the stop sign (traffic circle) onto Broadway Street. (Parking is available on the right)

 

 

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Sponsor

This year's Innovation Symposium is sponsored by:

     

        MD5: Defense Innovation Accelerated