Disrupter Event


On May 20 – 22, SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM, will host a “Disrupter” event during 2019 SOFIC. The purpose of this event is for USSOCOM to discover and acquire industry solutions relevant to innovative and transformational Command Technology Focus Areas (TFAs). USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR based awards/agreements with industry partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by the USSOCOM TFA subject matter experts. 

Apply by April 3, 2019 to be considered!

Instructions on how to submit your application and more information can be found here: www.sofwerx.org/disrupter.

NOTE: Two SOFIC full conference registrations will be provided to each selected company. There is no cost to apply or participate.

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: 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.


For event related questions, please contact Kinsey Crim at kinsey.crim@sofwerx.org or 813-693-5599 ext. 107.