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NEWS | Feb. 2, 2022

AETC virtually hosts 7th Innovation Summit Feb. 16

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The 7th Innovation Summit will be hosted virtually by Air Education and Training Command officials from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16.

The iSummit advances collaboration and is a platform to share experiences on innovation activities and replicate success stories, while identifying potential internal/external business partners to discuss and counter obstacles to innovation.

This iSummit introduces AETC innovators to processes and platforms that can help them quickly bring their creations to the end-user. The theme for this event is “Success with Innovation Complexities.”

“This theme gives Airmen the opportunity to highlight how they overcame challenges to complex problems or how they spearheaded complex innovations,” Col. Tom Wegner, AETC director of Analysis and Innovation, said. “It looks at ways innovation leaders can navigate turbulent waters and navigate their innovation to success.I strongly encourage all First Command innovators to dial in to learn about these innovation trailblazers.” 

Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The schedule is:

  • 19th Air Force: “Innovation in Human Performance” — Use new curriculum design processes and coaching strategies to incorporate complex technology to escalate the complexity & stress level of training to create high-performing combat operators.  
  • 187th Fighter Wing: “Agility Combat Employment Industry Day in Partnership w/187th FW and Air University” — Provide methods Airmen and HQ AETC/A9A can link research and operations with companies, universities, and innovation thought-leaders.
  • Air University: Olfactory VR (OVR) headsets — Demonstrate how fire and rescue trainers use OVR/VR (new olfactory technology) to train first responders to detect electrical fires and other scents in complex, real-life training environments.
  • AU: Project Mercury— The goal is to empower, equip and unleash Department of the Air Force innovators. This program, in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School, has 200+ certified professional innovators and will present its success stories for others to learn from. 

Airmen interested in attending the event should contact the Innovation Advancement Division team members at