Disrupter Event

20 – 22 May 2019

Submit by 03 April

 Event will be held during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) at the Tampa Convention Center


On 20 – 22 May, SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM, will host a Disrupter event designed to rapidly evaluate and acquire effective solutions relevant to the specific Technology Focus Areas (TFAs) enclosed in the packet below. NOTE: This Disrupter event will occur during SOFIC which will be held at the Tampa Convention Center. Two, full conference, SOFIC registrations will be provided to each selected company. 


What is a Disrupter Event?

A Disrupter Event is a multi-phased, competitive opportunity focused on showcasing the latest, most disruptive and transformational technologies/capabilities for Government Stakeholder review. 


Why Should You Participate?

USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR based agreements with industry partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM TFA subject matter experts. As such, this event is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit.


Event Overview

Phase I: Proposed solutions will be submitted via Quad Chart (QC) and White Paper (WP). Submissions will be accepted on a full-and-open basis. Only those entities whose submissions have been favorably evaluated will be invited to the Disrupter Event in May 2019 (Phase II). Notifications for attendance will go out on or about 29 April.

Phase II: Disrupter Event 20-22 May 2019. During the event, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM TFA evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate and discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase III may immediately begin. Selectees may also be afforded the opportunity to showcase their capabilities in an open, expositional forum or as to be determined based on available room during SOFIC (TBD). Two, full conference, SOFIC registrations will be provided to each selected company. 

Phase III: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

– Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
– Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
– Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
– Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)

*An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.


How You Can Participate


1. Review the Technology Focus Areas (TFA): Click Here to Review
2. Review the Submission Requirements and Evaluation Criteria: Click Here to Review
3. Download quad chart and white paper template:

Quad Chart: Click Here to Download
White Paper Template: Click Here to Download

4. Submit Your Proposed Solution: Click Here to Submit Quad Chart & White Paper Template (NLT 03 April) 

NOTE: Invitations and Consolations for potential Phase II attendance will be sent via email on or about 29 April 2019.


On or about 29 April, this website will be updated to reflect when, where and how external Government individuals or groups can participate.


2019 SOFIC

For more information regarding SOFIC, please visit www.sofic.org


Event Location

Tampa Convention Center
333 S Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602



For event related questions, please contact Kinsey Crim at [email protected] or 813-693-5599 ext. 107

Notice for all interested parties to SOFWERX events:  Announcement of SOFWERX events that are considered to have high potential for further efforts that may be accomplished via FAR-based contracting instruments, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for Prototype Projects 10 USC 2371b, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 2374a, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719, may be made at the www.sofwerx.org and/or www.teamwerx.org website(s).  All announcements made at the www.sofwerx.org and/or www.teamwerx.org website(s) are considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 2374a (b), 15 USC 3719 (e) and 10 USC 2371b (b)(2).  All FAR based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.