Defense Week 2022

February 28, 2022, March 01, 2022, March 02, 2022, March 03, 2022, March 04, 2022

CFP closes at  February 12, 2022 00:00 UTC

Defense Week 2021!

Defense Week is a hybrid conference aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion within the defense industry, while educating students, veterans, professionals and entrepreneurs about career and business opportunities.

Defense Week is here to serve the recruitment, retainment, and advancement of Black and other underrepresented groups, women, and veterans in the defense industry. Taking place during Invest in Veterans Week 2022 (Feb 28 - Mar 4), Defense Week is aiming to be the singular event for job seekers with a diverse background and recruiters with a commitment to diversity and inclusion to connect. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about defense roles and meet with defense employers from across the nation. Through a series of workshops, panels, keynotes, attendees will gain business insight and learn about the latest defense industry trends.

Defense Week also serves as a virtual resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners. With special emphasis on minority, women, and veteran owned businesses. Defense Week was created to be a bridge that links the greater defense industry to a diverse supplier base Defense Week seeks to provide a networking platform for attendees to grow their B2B and B2G partnerships and for private companies and government organizations to identify potential contractors.

Defense Week is designed to facilitate introductions between employers and a diverse ecosystem of career professionals and small business owners.

Interested in speaking, please visit For partnership opportunities, please contact conference organizer, Elizabeth Cotton at elizabeth [at] defenseweek [dot] com.

CFP Description

This Conference Has Three Tracks

Government Contracting, Career Development, STEM

Business, Tech & Entrepreneurship

Defense Week is seeking to provide sessions that focus on helping startups and small businesses grow. Discussions can include the following: Franchising, Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Corporate & Government Supplier Diversity, Scaling Small Business, Investment Types, Bids, Insurance & Bonding, Business Types, Database Management, Platform Demos, ERP, Lean Manufacturing, Prototyping, Leveraging the Power of the Chamber, Storytelling, Business & AI, Chat boxes, Accelerators, Pitch Development

Design & Dev

Defense Week is seeking presentations on the following topics: Github/Git fundamentals and practices, Fundamental & Advanced Coding Workshops (HTML, CSS, Java, JavaScript, Python, Rails, Go, etc.) Adobe Suite Workshops, UI & UX, 3D, VR, AR, MR, Game Design, Gaming, QA testing (test automation tips)

IoT, Hardware, Robotics

Demos, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Sensor Technology, Beacon Technology, Wearables


We are seeking engineering discussion on the following topics: Cloud,Containers/Container Mgmt, Devops, Big Data, Systems Engineering, Linux, Open Source. Project Management, Product Management, IT Certifications


This year we would really love to see a lot of submissions around the following: Deep Learning, NLP, Machine Learning, RPA, Python Panda

Cybersecurity & Defense

Cryptography, Certifications, Careers, Unmanned Systems, Pen Testing, DevOpsSec, Forensics, Compliance, Application security, Network security

Industry Insight

Education, Health, Supply Chain, Finance & Banking, AgTech, Defense Tech, Environment, Smart Cities, Aerospace, DoD Agency Insight


Part of Defense Week’s core mission is to increase the representation of black professionals in tech. We are seeking discussions that provide insight on gaining employment in a technical field. Possible discussion include: Interviewing skills, resume building, Whiteboarding, Climbing the Ladder, Behavioral, Creating More Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces, Developing the Tech Pipeline, Soft Skills

Strictly for Students

This year Defense Week wants to lead an effort to provide more content that is strictly for the student population. We are looking for sessions that speak directly to students such as Transitioning from military to student life, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, fellowship & internship opportunities, educational benefits for veterans, tools to advance your education


Cybersecurity, Government Contracting, Small business development, Gaining security clearance, Professional development, Career opportunities, Personal Branding, Leveraging VA benefits, Certifications IT, Finances, Homeownership, Retirement, Defense industry insights, Mental health, Business and entrepreneurship

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