UTSA’s two booths showcased its Department of Computer Science, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Data Science, Technology Commercialization Office, SBDC Technology Commercialization Center, and Center collaboration on national security.
At the same time, the CGC, a specialized center of the IED’s Texas South-West Small Business Development Center, provided resources for participants interested in supplying Department of Defense agencies that support the mission of the U.S. military services around the world.
The collider also included an Air Force pitch competition. Presenters pitched their innovative ideas for improving military training, with the best ideas receiving funding for further development.
“For 42 years, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development has helped open more than 5,000 businesses and created more than 58,000 jobs in the Texas economy,” said Rod McSherry, UTSA Associate Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development. “When strong partners such as UTSA, the U.S. military, and Port San Antonio collaborate and innovate together, the inevitable collisions that occur position academia, industry, and the military to collaboratively develop beneficial solutions to make to advance our community, our state and our country.”
Will Garrett, vice president of talent and technology development and integration for Port San Antonio, added, “We are proud of our strong and ever-growing partnership with UTSA. The strategic business support and technical expertise provided by UTSA’s top faculty during FORCECON made it an impactful event for attendees, especially startups. This underscored San Antonio’s collaborative spirit in our joint efforts to support and build a 21st century defense community.
Director of the UTSA National Security Collaboration Center Guy Walcha retired Air Force brigadier general, kicked off the conference as the opening speaker, followed by the mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg. Several UTSA faculty and staff participated in panel discussions and served as technology judges for the pitch competition.