What is
Encountering Innovation?

Encountering Innovation is a program of the Kansas Small Business Development Center. It provides innovators the opportunity to present and showcase their innovation to tech scouts and the public. 

In addition to many opportunities to connect with technology scouts, innovators and the public will be able to participate in 8 educational workshops throughout the week and attend the Encountering Innovation Week Poster Board Parade of Technologies.

Tech Scouts from the Department of Defense, Service Labs, Academia, and various government agencies will listen to pitches, examine poster board displays, discuss government needs, and chat with innovators during lunches and evening networking events.

Through these connections, innovators will gain feedback and direction, and their innovation might be selected for socialization among government agencies and for fast-track contracting. 

Technology scouts hope to find innovative solutions to immediate needs. They also seek a broader range of innovations that will resolve operational challenges or save costs. This event is not limited to warfighter technologies. If you have an innovative product that can assist the federal government in medical, cyber, operations, and power and energy industries, this event is for you!