Disruptive Speaker Series

Humans over Hardware: Posturing the SOF Enterprise for the Future

03 March 2020

RSVP Closed 24 February 

On 03 March 2020, SOFWERX, in collaboration with the USSOCOM J5 Donovan Strategy and Innovation Group, will host a Disruptive Speaker Series entitled, “Humans over Hardware: Posturing the SOF Enterprise for the Future.”

Speaker Background
Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos is a Strategy and Innovation Advisor for the USSOCOM J5 Donovan Group, where she analyzes strategic trends relevant to Special Operations in the context of emerging technologies.

Kostopoulos’ work lies in the intersection of national security, strategy, and technology. She forecasts emerging threats around disruptive technologies, participates in the NATO Science for Peace Program, is on the IEEE-USA AI Policy Committee, and has been awarded the U.S. Presidential Service Award for her service to the cybersecurity community. Passionate about social tech awareness, she has an art series about AI (#ArtAboutAI ) and released an open source game on technologies that affect humanity called Sapien 2.0.

Click Here to learn more about Dr. Kostopoulos (@LKCYBER)

The future holds exponential change, increased asymmetric capabilities and complex convergences of technology, ethics and political conflict. Acting decisively through this noise will mean revisiting how the SOF Enterprise attracts, retains and utilizes human capital. This presentation hopes to stretch the audience’s thinking about how USSOCOM can creatively leverage talent in the context of increased connectivity, demographic changes, new understandings of sovereignty and dynamic threats.

Tentative Agenda
03 March
0830-0900: Check In
0900-0910: Welcome Remarks
0910-0940: Humans over Hardware: Posturing the SOF Enterprise for the Future, Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos
0940-1000: POTFF and SOF AT&L-ST: Current efforts and future Initiatives, MSG Matt Parrish and Tim Ringo
1000-1020: Q&A
1020: Closing Remarks & Raffle (3 hardcopies of the card game, Sapien 2.0)
1030: Networking & Optional SOFWERX Tour
1100: Meet for No-Host Lunch at Ybor Restaurant

1925 E 2nd Ave Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33605

Please contact Tania Steele, tania.steele@sofwerx.org