We were delighted to be among the finalists of the xTech Global AI Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), U.S. Air Force AFWERX, U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research-Global and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.
Our Research Scientist Dr Naomi Omori attended the finalist pitch event, held at Imperial College London Innovation Hub on September 9-10, 2021. The finalists pitched their proposed solutions to a panel of AI experts from DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Air Force AI/ML Accelerator, Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific (NIWC), DOD Joint AI Center (JAIC), UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (DSTL), and French Defence Innovation Agency (DIA).
Naomi said of the experience, “Being selected as a finalist and representing Finden was a great opportunity. Not only did we get the chance to pitch twice to a lot of useful contacts in the UK and US defence sector, we have also been granted access to an accelerator program that will help Finden to gain traction in this new field. Although we didn’t win any of the cash prizes, our technology pitch was very well received by many of the people I interacted with and it was great to see how the technologies Finden develops can be of interest to sectors beyond what they were originally developed for. I am looking forward to learning more through the xTech accelerator and disseminating useful information to the rest of the Finden team.”
Read more about the competition at https://www.army.mil/article/250419