TechConnect is proud to announce the TechConnect Defense Innovation Awards recognizing the top 15% of submitted challenge technologies as ranked by the selection committee. Rankings are based on the potential positive impact the submitted technology will have for the warfighter and national security.

Learn more about the 2021 awardees here.

Organization Technology
374Water Systems, Inc. Waste Resource Recovery Using Supercritical Water Oxidation
Actinia, Inc. Affordable High-Resolution Radiation Detectors
Adnoviv, Inc. True Presence Occupancy Detection Sensors (TruePODS)
Advanced Remote Sensing, Inc. A Superior Method to Correct Atmospheric Degradation of Satellite Imagery
AetherTouch, Inc Touchless user interface for existing smart devices
American Maglev Technology of Florida Autonomous Space Vehicle with Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES)
Anthro Energy, Inc. Intrinsically Flexible and Safe Lithium Ion Batteries
AntiRadical Therapeutics LLC SanFlow – A Drug for Prolonged Field Care that Corrects Vascular Dysfunction and Prevents Multi-Organ Injuries
Applied Ocean Sciences LLC Emergency Underwater PNT using Autonomous Surface Vehicle Constellation
Ariel Scientific Innovations, Ltd. Sludge dewatering using Magnetic Flocculation
Ascent Solar Technologies Ultra-resilient lightweight, flexible solar solutions to meet DoD requirements for Energy independence in Space, SUAS, Dismounted Power, and Unattended Ground Sensors
BedRock Systems Inc. An Unbreakable Foundation for Formally Secured Computing
Binghamton University An Integrated Wide-Area UAV Aeromagnetic Survey System
Blueshift Materials, Inc. Polyimide Aerogel Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) for Aerospace and Defense
BraceTrack BraceTrack
Breault Research Organization Miniaturized Electronic Safe & Arm Device (MESAD)
BRELYON Inc. Ultra Reality Display
BUNDLAR, LLC BUNDLAR Augmented Reality Content Management System (ARCMS)
Centerline Biomedical, Inc. Electromagnetic Augmented Reality Image Guidance with Computerized Task Assistance for Minimally-Invasive Field Care
Claros Technologies Inc. Novel Nanocomposite Fabrics for Personal Protective Equipment and Functional Textiles
Clemson University Research Foundation Key-and-Lock Commodity Self-Healing Copolymers
Codelucida, Inc. Technology/Solution Name: Low-density Parity-check error correction for enabling high-density flash storage with maximum endurance and performance
Contamination Source Identification CSI-Dx® : A Diagnostic Urine Test for Tick-borne Disease
Corsha, Inc. An API Security Platform
Cutting Edge AI Autonomous Object Identification Harnessing Full Motion Video
D-Tech, LLC Zenurian™ – An Advanced Threat Detection and Analytics Tool Using Multi-Dimensional Machine Learning (ML) for Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
Dragos, Inc Active Cyber Defense for Operational Technology Networks
Eskra Technical Products Solvent-Free Manufacturing Process for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes
Everykey Inc Everykey – No more Passwords, No more Keys
Fend Incorporated Next-Generation Industrial Data Diodes for Secure ICS Monitoring
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Electron Beam Treatment For Invasive Pests
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Universal Pipe Vacuum Head
FiberQA, LLC Automated Fiber Optic Connector Inspection and Cleaning
Forescout Technologies Forescout Platform
Fortify 3D Printers for Filled Photopolymers
Forward Edge, AI Inc. Blaise AI-Augmented, Raman/IoT/5G device for chemical and biological point detection (CBRNE) in the field
FoVI3D, Inc. CRO Personal Carry Mule: An All-Terrain Portable Robotic Mule
GeoMat LLC A nano-enabled technology for the dewatering of oil waste streams
George Washington University High-efficiency intermediate band quantum dot solar cells
George Washington University Air-Q, A Portable System for Aerosol Detection and Mitigation for Buildings and Transportation Systems
Hong Kong Productivity Council A Compact Sewage Bio-Reactor for Energy Recovery
Hong Kong Productivity Council kNOw Touch – Contactless Elevator Control System
Idaho National Laboratory, Technology Deployment Early Detection of Soft Shorts In Batteries
Idaho National Laboratory, Technology Deployment OpDefender – Network Control for Industrial Control Systems
IMPRUVON Inc. Impruvon Health Medication Management Platform – Providing Security, Error Reduction, Compliance, and Independence for Individuals with Difficult to Maintain Medication Regimens
IoTAI, Inc PICO Anywhere Suite – Distributed Intelligence Mesh for Constrained Conditions
Iowa State University Pore-Encapsulated Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenolysis of Plastic Waste
Iowa State University Efficient, Environmentally Friendly Recycling of Li-Ion Battery Waste: Mechanochemical recovery of Co, Li and other essential components
Kismet Technologies NanoRAD (Nano-based Residual Active Disinfectant)
Lightspace technologies Multifocal professional AR headset for Enterprise use and near distance visualization.
Makai Ocean Engineering Ultra-Compact, Highly Effective Thermal Management
Malachite Technologies Microwave-assisted Ammonia Synthesis
Martin Defense Group Offboard Launch and Recovery System for Uncrewed Platforms
Maui Innovation Group Leakproof Valve
MEI Micro, Inc. 3DS MEMs IMU Technology Platform
MELD Manufacturing Corporation MELD: a scalable, no-melt method for printing for large metal parts
Meta Materials Inc glucoWISE®: Non-Invasive Glucose Testing
Metamaterial Inc. NanoWeb® Transparent Antenna
MIC Monitor, LLC Microbial corrosion test kit
Microsurgeonbot Inc. GURU
Mindset Medical, LLC. Informed Virtual Vitals
Minerva Lithium LLC Fueling the EV Revolution
Mississippi State University Rapid Assay Methods and Kits for Detecting Neutralizing Antibody for Sars-Cov-2
Modula S Inc Base of the Future, Passive Performance NetZero Autonomous Expeditionary Buildings
Momentum Optics Advanced Optical Manufacturing to Accelerate Product Development and Reduce Costs
Mycroft Mind, a.s. Embedded Grid Intelligence
Namatad Inc. FIREFLY Platform
NanoSafe, Inc. Mobile Analytical Platform for Lead Detection in Drinking Water (LeadMAP)
NAVSYS Corporation PNT as a Service (PNTaaS) for operating in GPS denied environments
NetNumber NetCore Disaster Response Network (DRN)
NonLinear Corporation Aggregate Spread Pulse Modulation in LPWANs for IoT applications
Novum Nano Novel Nano Oil Additive Reduces Friction and Increases Engine Efficiency.
NRECA Essence
OmniSync Incorporated TurboSBIR – “TurboTax” for SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation and Management
Onclave Networks, Inc. Securing Resilient On-Base Microgrids and Flightlines for Smart Installations of the Future
Opal HTM Opal HTM: IoT-optimized medical asset management
ORION TECHNOLOGY GROUP, LLC Orion AIM Artificial Intelligence Mission System
Osmoses, Inc. / MIT Dept of Chemical Engineering membranes for efficient gas and vapor separations
PainQx ALGOS System: Digital Diagnostic for Objective Pain Measurement
Pleiotek Technology/Solution Name: Advanced Wearable and Mobile Platform for addressing Patient Data Movement in Austere Operating Environments
Polaris Semiconductor LLC RF-Silent DC Voltage Regulators with High Efficiency
POLYMATERIALS APP, LLC Supercapacitor for electronics and vehicle applications
Powercast Wireless Power Harvester Chips that convert RF to usable DC power
Refactr DevSecOps Automation Platform
REM Surface Engineering Post-Process Surface Finishing and Optimization of Additively Manufactured Nickel-Based Superalloys
Ridgetop Group Inc. CellSage Battery Health Analysis and Prognostics Software
RMD LLC A large Legged Robot Capable of Operating on Unstructured Terrain with Heavy Payload
Robossis Inc – Rowan University An orthopedic surgical robot
Rowan University Automated-Track Electrospinning
Rowan University Robossis: Surgical Robot for Long-Bone Fracture Alignment
Rowan University Using AI to Improve Safety at Grade Crossings
RTM Vital Signs LLC RTM Respiratory Monitor
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Setting a Strong Foundation for Securing Facility Related Control Systems
Secure Surgical Solutions, LLC A Portable Saline Generator for Point-of-Care Applications
SENSE Neuro Diagnostics, Inc. NeuroHawk TBI Scanner
Sesame Solar Inc Sesame Solar Nanogrids: mobile, solar-powered, charging Solution for EVs with an emergency/command office inside
Sixdof Space Ultra Fast Optical Tracking
Skayl, LLC Automated System Integration, Testing & Certification Leveraging a Robust Data Architecture
SkyNano Hybrid Copper-Coated Carbon Nanotube Structures for Multifunctional Coatings
spotLESS Materials Inc. spotLESS Anti-Fouling Surface Coating
Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing SPINS: Inverse Design Software for Nanophotonic Structures
Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing High quality, low carbon cement
SubSeaSail LLC Revolutionary, autonomous, long-duration, multi-hulled sailing cargo vessel
SWR TECHNOLOGY INC. Through-Barrier Wireless Power and Data Communication
Texas Tech University Reconfiguration with Logic Design Framework for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Texas Tech University Label-free, High-throughput Holographic Screening and Enumeration of Tumor Cells in Blood
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University HF-free facile and rapid synthesis of MXenes related materials and their efficient energy conversion and storage applications
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 3D LiDAR Aided GNSS Precise Positioning for L4 Autonomous Driving
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Sweatextile: a Nature-Inspired Textile of Unidirectional Water Transport and Dissipation for Moisture Management, Comfort and Protection
TriMiS Inc. Multi-functional Compounds for Coatings
Tripwire – A BELDEN Company Tofino Firewall
U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Microwave Assisted CO2 Conversion
U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Nodeworks
UC Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Alliances Integrated Soft Optoelectronics for Wearable Health Monitoring
UC Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Alliances Vapor-Mediated Synthesis of Silicon Carbide Matrices for Ceramic Matrix Composites
University of Central Florida Intelligent Object Magnification for Augmented Reality Displays
University of South Dakota-Sanford School of Medicine Neurostimulation Method
University of Sussex, Advanced Material Development Smart heterostructure for sensing and controlling corrosion
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Low cost carbon application for lightweighting applications
Uptimai Uptimai – Uncertainty Propagator and Statistical Optimizer
Urban Electric Power, Inc. Rechargeable zinc manganese dioxide batteries
VCU Innovation Gateway Pure-Phase Cubic Ni1-xMox Alloy Nanoparticles as Low-Cost and Earth Abundant Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting to Produce Hydrogen
Virginia Commonwealth University U-Carbon: A Conductive and Magnetic Carbon
VisionCraft s.r.o. VisionCraft AI driven computer vision and data analytics
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation 2DG for acute treatment of status epilepticus, acute repetitive seizures, and TBI
Z-Field Technologies LCC Rapid identification of Coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2 and detection of its mutations