Q. What is OpenWERX?
A. OpenWERX is an experiment in government/community collaborative innovation. The focus of OpenWERX is to support and provide for the use of open technologies, including hardware and software, adapted to support Federal challenges. Anyone can participate and teams are encouraged to be broad and include expertise in user interface, testing, software/hardware development, rapid prototyping/fabrication, and engineering.
Q. How does it work?
A. Each month at least one challenge (sponsored by SOFWERX) will be announced on the first Thursday of the month. Teams will have a month to work on their solution to the challenge. At the following first Thursday teams will present their solution to the judges and cash prizes will be awarded. After the awards ceremony the next challenge will be announced and the whole program starts over again.
Q. How much are the prizes?
A. There will always be at least one monthly challenge that includes $3,000 for 1st prize, $2,000 for 2nd prize and $1,000 for 3rd prize. Other government agencies are welcome to bring their own challenges, prizes, and judges to OpenWERX.
Q. Who judges the submissions?
A. The OpenWERX Advisory Board, which includes representatives from SOCOM, SOFWERX, and the local community.
Jeff Young– As Vice President at Marjau Systems Corporation, Jeff is focused on improving IT systems that support the warfighter, veterans and their missions. He’s passionate about providing ethical teams to solve difficult challenges in innovative ways. Prior to joining Marjau Systems, Jeff became a recognized product marketing leader in telecommunications with responsibility for new product initiatives valued over $100 million dollars annually. Many of these products are technology leaders and have significant market share.
Kimberly Carberry– Kimberly has dedicated her career to supporting the military and veterans, developing innovative and emerging technologies, and leading non-profit organizations. For the last nine years at CACI, she has worked with the VA and the DoD to support and improve critical information systems. Prior to that, she works in the high-tech private sector making her impact felt on the ground floor of several start-ups, most notably: Raptor (now part of Symantec), which designed one of the first security firewall apps; Alliare (now part of Adobe), which created the first database driven web app server called ColdFusion; and EMber (now part of Silicon Labs), which pioneered self-organizing mesh networking technology. In addition to her professional career, Kimberly is passionate about philanthropic work. In 1998, she established the Boston chapter of Women in Technology International (WITI), growing the community to over four thousand under her leadership. More recently, she helped launch the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association, is an active volunteer in AFCEA, and co-founded Joshuacord, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. In recognition of her leadership ability, she was selected for the CACI’s first Emerging Leaders Program and for the Junior League Tampa Leadership Program, where she has been a long time member. As an OpenWERX Advisory Board member, Kimberly is proud to be an integral part of a non-profit, technology focused organization that uses creative, outside-the-box thinking to deliver increased capability to the SOF Warfighter engaged in the defense of our nation.
Mary Allison Yourchisin– MA is the Vice President of Business Development for Special Operations and Joint Agencies with AC4S. AC4S is a leading provider of C4I, Cyber Operations and Mission Support Services to support the DoD, intelligence Community and Diplomacy worldwide. AC4S is providing innovative solutions, transformational communications, and critical operational support in multi-agency and coalition environments. Mrs. Yourchisin specializing in Business Development and Operations for AC4S and has the primary responsibility of not only growing the AC4S footprint, capturing new business, but executing on all current programs AC4S is a prime or subcontractor on within her area of responsibility here and abroad. Mrs. Yourchisin is know for her intense work ethic, passion for her customers and exceptional reputation across the defense community. Mary Allison has been supporting the public sector for the last 10 years and has served in a leadership capacity across multiple organizations year after year in the defense industry. MA currently stands as the Chairman at Large for the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) chapter, President of the Young AFCEANs for the St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Pelican chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) and also serves as the Regional Young AFCEAN for South Florida Region, serves on the Board of Advisors and as Programs Director for the Greater Tampa Bay Women in Defense (WID) Chapter, and a Board Member of Mil-OSS Tampa (now OpenWERX). She is affiliated with multiple organizations and associations in support of National Security and our Veterans. Mrs. Yourchisin has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Business Management and Communications. MA is happily married to her husband, Eric, and mother of two boys, Brinker (2) and Brooks (10 months).
Q. How can I find out more?
A. Please contact one of our Advisory Board members: