Advanced Tech: Autonomous & Drone Technologies

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm to 9:00pm

MIT Stata Center, 32-123 32 Vassar Street

Innovation continues to be a focus of strategic discussions within the Department of Defense as they increasingly confront nimble drone and autonomous technologies on the battlefield and are seeking advanced counter technologies to support our troops.

Our panel of experts from Raytheon, the U.S. Air Force AFwerX, and Draper Labs will discuss how recent and future innovations in commercial detection, tracking, identification, characterization and mitigation technologies can and will benefit the military with quicker adoption and reduction in procurement prices.

Following the panel discussion, come upstairs to the R&D Commons on the 4th Floor of the MIT Stata Center to a showcase featuring startups working on relevant and tangential technologies will be demoing their technologies to you in an open setting. Learn about their tech, ask questions, and vote on the best showcase elevator pitches and your favorite technology. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

Showcase teams will include the Techstars Autonomous Technology class of 2018,  MIT Sloan as well as MIT students and Alumni.


Confirmed panelists:

Chitra Sivanandam is a Technology Strategist at Raytheon developing partnerships and investment strategies that serve the DoD/Intel market as well as commercial markets. She is a tech junkie and entrepreneur who has experience in startups, large corporations, and prior to her most recent role, served as the Director at Blackbird Technologies, and as technical staff at In-Q-Tel.

Capt. Steven Lauver is a Deputy Director within the A8XP Innovation Branch in the United States Air Force, AFwerX. A graduate of the of the US Air Force Academy and pilot, Captain Lauver is an entrepreneur at heart having co-founded Nodify Inc. in 2012 and recently helped to create the AFwerX innovation team which is helping to change the way the Air Force identifies and potentially adopts new technologies.


Warren Katz, Managing Dir. of Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator

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Public, MIT Community, Students, Alumni


drones, MIT, autonomous


MITEF Members $20; Non-members $30; Students $10

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