STRONG Innovation Summit Series


STRONG Cycle 2 Innovation Summit Series – Virtual Edition!

June 8th 2020 – August 7th 2020

Although we missed the in-person interactions that were enjoyed during Cycle 1 at ARL Northeast in Burlington, MA, there were a multitude of benefits afforded by this virtual modality during Cycle 2. We significantly spread the time commitment out across the summer, increasing participation feasibility and access (please scroll down for agenda details).

The entire 9-week series was held using Microsoft Teams, within which we leveraged online tools to create a dynamic, collaborative environment for idea generation, brainstorming, exploring new partnerships, and more!


Please browse over to our STRONG Program Page for details about our aims and how to become a participant yourself!



Weekly Topic


2:00-3:30 EDT


2:00-3:30 EDT


2:00-3:30 EDT

Additional Details

6/8 to 6/12

Week 1

Kickoff & Intros

Welcome, Icebreaker, Breakout Brainstorm Panel, Conversation Starter

Cycle 1 Panel, Participant Breakout and Discussion Questions

Creative Team-Building Activity (Mystery); Brainstorm and Reporting, Segue to Week 2

STRONG SISS Week01.pdf

6/15 to 6/19

Week 2

Technical Intros & Connections

3 minute theses, Breakout Discussion

3 minute theses, Breakout Discussion

Creative Team-Building Activity (Create a Teammate), Discussion, Cycle 2 in Context

STRONG SISS Week02.pdf

6/22 to 6/26

Week 3

Technical Deep Dives

Deep dive into technical proposals, expertise, and potential impact

Deep dive into technical proposals, expertise, and potential impact

Hackathon Day 1 -- Explaining the Hackathon, the contest, etc. (1hr)

STRONG SISS Week03.pdf

6/29 to 6/30

Week 4

Future Concepts

Purpose: Understand ARL's emphasis on a unified approach toward research and concept development and operationally relevant use cases aligned with STRONG research goals.

Agenda: Presentation of Human Optimization Initiatives within the military, including Optimizing Human-Machine Interactions for Multi-Domain Operations, Training on future concepts such as Multi-Domain Operations, and facilitated discussion linking STRONG-related research and future concepts

No Meeting - Happy July 4th weekend

STRONG SISS Week04.pdf


Week 5


No Meeting - Happy July 4th weekend No Meeting - Happy July 4th weekend Greensuiter Panel


7/13 to 7/17

Week 6

Workshops & HRED Capabilities

Virtual Environments Workshop

Day 1

Virtual Environments Workshop

Day 2

Showcase HRED / ARL Capabilities for Collaborative Planning

STRONG SISS Week06.pdf

7/20 to 7/24

Week 7

6.2 Transition

Human Agent Teaming

Essential Research Program Overview

Transition Pipelines Hackathon and Hosted Workshop Wrap-Up

STRONG SISS Week07.pdf

7/27 to 7/31

Week 8

Industry Partnerships and Novel Transition Pathways

Dual-Use Technologies, VCs and other Transition Opportunities Dual-Use Technologies, VCs and other Transition Opportunities Wrap Up General Summit / Final Proposal Prep

STRONG SISS Week08.pdf

8/3 to 8/7

Week 9

Cycle 2 Proposals & Evaluations

 TBD Based on Proposal Groups; MAX = 9 Scheduled Hours During Week


Let us know if you questions!

The STRONG Management Team

Dave Boothe

Charlene Stokes

Katelynn Howard