AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo
Each year, AFIMSC Ventures, the center's innovation office, holds a "Call for Innovation" campaign to help Airmen and civilian members of mission support groups around the world pitch their ideas, partner with innovation experts and find funding. Chosen finalists compete for a share of at least $1 million in funding and resources to pursue their ideas.
Finalists spend a week learning from leading innovators and honing their pitches before trying to convince a board of senior Air Force installation and mission support leaders that their idea is the best.
An idea for a smart locker mail system in base dorms won the 2021 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo Feb. 5, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Other past Innovation Rodeo winners include:
• Mobile apps to make life easier for Airmen and their families, including one to centralize and streamline the subletting of short-term slots at military child development centers; one for base announcements and community events; and one to share feedback about customer experiences.
• An idea to replace the current manual mapping of underground cabling and wiring with the use of augmented reality;
• A project to leverage Geospatial Information Systems and aerial imagery for facility roof inspections;
• A proposal to use autonomous robotic lawn mowers to cut the grass in and around airfields at night to reduce aircraft bird-strike hazards.
AFIMSC’s innovation team has also partnered with rapid acquisition leaders to convert Airmen’s innovative ideas into reality at record pace. As such, winning projects are now in various stages of development, including an idea from the inaugural event in 2019 – an app now called the Wing Feedback App – that is currently in beta testing at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
For more information about the AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo, email AFIMSC.Innovation@us.af.mil.