The Bridge is COMPACFLT’s initiative that amplifies an organic Navy network to enable collaboration and idea generation by advancing education, enabling empowerment, stimulating connections, and spurring transition. Success of The Bridge does not hinge on a series of successful ideas, but the ability to create and sustain a culture of change, inspiration, and creativity.

In its simplest form, The Bridge is a belief and a commitment; the belief that the best idea can come from anywhere, and a commitment that no Sailor is ever alone in pursuing a solution.

To submit your idea, email thebridge@navy.mil.

PACFLT-MD5 Industry Innovation Fellowship 2018

The Bridge at U.S. Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) and MD5 would like to announce the PACFLT-MD5 Industry Innovation Fellowship 2018. The Bridge and MD5 are partnering together to host the third annual fellowship program to promote and enable intrapreneurship and innovation as key instruments of national defense and national security. The purpose of the fellowship will be to integrate Sailors into select organizations in an effort to exchange ideas and further enhance Department of Defense/Department of Navy relationships with industry. The focus of this year’s PI2F program is “data interoperability.”

During the four to six week fellowship, the participating organizations will provide Sailors with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience and refine their expertise in different areas of industry. Please note: Cooperation and placement with companies does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Navy or USPACFLT of the services or supplies the company may offer.

All Department of the Navy active duty and civilian personnel are eligible to participate. MD5 will fund the costs of participants traveling from out of area for travel and lodging expenses. Details for travel will be coordinated separately after candidates are selected. We are now accepting applications until 15 June 2018. The fellowship will be from August to mid-September. Interested applicants must complete the “MD5 Education Program Application.” The applicant must have a command endorsement from an O-5/GS-14 or above and provide their contact information.

Applications can be found online here:
https://education.md5.net/education/form/eduapplication

Command endorsement form can be found here:
https://education.md5.net/education/educationapproval

For questions about the fellowship, the application process, or about The Bridge at PACFLT, please contact thebridge@navy.mil or Ms. Ashley Wang via phone at 808-474-0546/DSN 315-474-0546 or via email at mailto:ashley.wang.ctr@navy.mil.

The three companies sponsoring the PI2F fellows are:

Stardog (https://www.stardog.com) - Stardog is an enterprise knowledge graph platform that allows customers to query massive, disparate, heterogeneous data, regardless of structure with simplicity of implementation. They are based in Arlington, VA. They are looking for candidates with a technical background in computer science and software engineering/development, as well as those with an intelligence or geospacial background.

FieldWire (https://www.fieldwire.com) - FieldWire operates in the data interoperability space, synthesizing and outputting information of all types on construction sites--from files of plans and designs to communication tools and task management information. They have done some work for GSA and DOT previously and are located in San Francisco, CA. They are looking for candidates with or without technical skills, and have a slight preference for people with business experience. Their ideal candidate would be someone with construction experience.

HAAS Alert (https://www.haasalert.com) - Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HAAS Alert connects public sector agencies performing critical operations with motorists, smart cities, and connected and autonomous vehicles. With a suite of products to connect cities and fleets, including mobile and internet of things sensors, it creates broadcast signals from indicators such as lights and sirens from vehicles at the source and distributes real-time data sets through the HAAS Alert mobility safety cloud service. Candidates should have a background in software and/or hardware development, particularly in telecommunications.

What is MD5?

MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator is a program office within the U.S. Department of Defense that focuses on human capital innovation. MD5 aims to develop and enable innovators inside and outside the U.S. Department of Defense to solve national security problems. For more information on MD5, please go to our website.

About MD5

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held the Navy’s first Bridge Talks event in April, 2017.

C2 Christopher R. Holley (L) and CTN1 Sean M. Anthony (R) conducted their fellowship at GreatHorn, a cloud communications security solutions startup company out of Belmont, MA.

LCDR Derek Fletcher (R) worked at O2O2 Facewear where they developed face masks that monitor air quality while filtering out pollutants. He is with PACFLT The Bridge Director CDR Tom Ogden (C) and O2O2 founder & CEO Dan Bowden (L), who wear the latest prototypes.