TechAloft Update — Our Video Series on The Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge

Jonathan Hartman and I just filmed this short conversation on the Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge and the topics that are important to Sikorsky and Lockheed.  Please take a listen and let us know what you think.

(Sorry the audio is less than stellar, we will improve it on the next one.)

To learn more about Sikorsky Innovations, click here.





— Peter


The Experts Speak: How Sikorsky plans to to leverage new tech for aerospace innovation

The following Webinar features detailed explanations from top Sikorsky engineers on IoT, Augmented Reality, Non-Destructive Testing, and Next-Generation Propulsion Technologies.

Esteemed speakers include:

Nick Lappos, Senior Technical Fellow, Advanced Technology
David Walsh, Technical Fellow, Flight Test
Ryan Patry, Staff Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing
Joseph Simonetti, Technical Fellow, Propulsion

The goal of the 7th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge is to engage leaders in fields such as IOT, Augmented Reality, Digital Manufacturing and Next Generation Engines and explore how breakthroughs in those fields can improve current and future aircraft. The winner gets a $25,000 prize, along with an opportunity to explore, with Sikorsky, the practical application of their technology for Sikorsky’s product line.

Visit for more details on the process.

Apply for the 2016 Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge by our May 20th deadline:


Past Winners of the Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge

Congratulations to Solace Power, the winner of 6th Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Solace Power Winner of the 6th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial ChallengeL to R: Jonathan Hartman from Sikorsky Innovations; Neil Chaulk, Rane Brennan, and Magnus Nyberg from Solace Power

Notable Entrants

Cadenza Innovation, LLC, based in Wilton, Connecticut (Special Recognition, 6th Challenge)

Identify3D, based in San Francisco, California (Special Recognition, 6th Challenge)

Response Technologies, LLC, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island (Honorable Mention, 6th Challenge)

iQagent, based in Alpharetta, Georgia (Honorable Mention, 6th Challenge)

Who are some of the other companies who have entered and won the Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge in the past?



Sikorsky’s 6th Entrepreneurial Challenge Winner and the Launch of 7th Competition

Stratford, Connecticut – ​Sikorsky Innovations today announced the winner of the 6th Entrepreneurial Challenge and the launch of the 7th competition. The Entrepreneurial Challenge, driven by Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is designed to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications in the vertical flight market.
The organization declared Solace Power, based in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada, winner of the 6th Entrepreneurial Challenge for its presentation of Resonant Capacitive Coupling wireless power technology and granted the firm a $25,000 prize, along with an opportunity to explore, with Sikorsky, the impact of Solace Power technology on Sikorsky’s product line.
“The Entrepreneurial Challenge, from an industry perspective, is truly a one-of-kind gateway, where disruptive ideas can quickly gain exposure and a customer base within one of the most exciting transportation verticals globally,” said Chris Van Buiten, Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations. “We look forward to exploring the applications of the exciting Solace Power technology. The 6th Entrepreneurial Challenge exceeded our expectations, and we’re anticipating strong additions to the portfolio with competitors from the 7th competition.”
Sikorsky Innovations also awarded four other finalists from the 6th competition in two additional categories: Special Recognition, for exceptional entries, and Honorable Mention for meritorious entries.
Cadenza Innovation, LLC, based in Wilton, Connecticut, and Identify3D, based in San Francisco, California, earned Special Recognitions.
Response Technologies, LLC, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island and iQagent, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, earned Honorable Mentions.
“The Sikorsky Entrepreneurial challenge was a fantastic opportunity for Solace Power to showcase its unique wireless power technology and earn validation from one of the world’s most innovative companies,” said Neil Chaulk, Vice President of Business Development. “We are looking forward to working with Sikorsky to develop leading edge technology in the aerospace and defense market.”
For the 7th competition, Sikorsky Innovations, along with its competition partner the Stamford Innovation Center, is unveiling a new set of focus areas for which it’s seeking applications: (1) Transparent or On-Glass Visualization; (2) Rotating to Fixed-Frame Internet of Things Data Transmission; (3) Digital Manufacturing Tools for Real Time Defect Detection; and (4) Next Generation Propulsion Technologies. These areas highlight current technologies the company believes represent disruptive opportunities for the rotorcraft and aerospace market.
“After our most competitive final round to date, we’re thrilled to be able to recognize such a large number of cutting edge technology companies,” said Jonathan Hartman, Entrepreneurial Challenge lead. “These five companies, spanning all award levels, will join our existing portfolio of award recipients and have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with our technical experts and global network.”
To take the Challenge or learn more, visit the Challenge website at Applications are due to the online portal by 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 20.
About Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky –employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

$25K Sikorsky EChallenge Deadline is Friday 10/16

Deadline For The Entrepreneurial Challenge is Friday.

TechAloft is live and growing.

The initial reaction to has been great. We’ve been getting traction on content we’ve posted on IOT (Internet of Things), Augmented Reality3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing and Energy Storage/Energy Management  A great way to understand the strategies and ideas of interest would be to view this webinar from June with top experts from Sikorsky Aircraft.

Our goal is to encourage the leaders in these fields (and more) to view as a site where they can tell their stories and help the broader population understand what’s going on at the cutting edge of these interesting fields.  We’ve made some great partners along the way, including the IOT Evolution conference, where Sikorsky’s Simon Gharabian’s spoke on why an IOT strategy is integral to Sikorsky’s plans for the future.  That video can be found here.

Of course, we are also here to create a conduit for some of those ideas at the cutting edge to be submitted for consideration as part of the 6th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge.  This year, the winner of the Challenge will receive $25K in non-dilutive award money.

The deadline for submission is 5pm EDT this coming Friday, October 16.  We’ve had many great submissions and are looking for more.  And we promise, this is the last e-mail you’ll get from us for a while!

Our request is that you please forward this note to anyone you know at a business, lab or research organization who you think might be an appropriate applicant.  The application process is streamlined and can be completed in hours, not days, so there is plenty of time.

Here’s a link to the application process info.  And here’s the link to apply.

Thank you!

Peter Propp
Kyria Abrahams