The National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology is a series of online and in-person discussions and events designed to get people talking about innovative solutions for the Nation’s homeland security challenges.
What is the National Conversation about?
The National Conversation addresses any issue related to homeland security technology capabilities. Previous topics included sensors, wearable technologies for responders, multi-directional situational awareness and decision making, cybersecurity, screening, and community resilience.
Current Dialogue: Flood Resilience!
Flood Resilience focuses on a whole-of-community effort to improve flood resilience for individuals, organizations, and governments. The dialogue is not limited to any one group; everyone is invited to participate! This means responders, operational users, citizens, academia, and industry are all welcome join the conversation.
- Responders and operational users can clarify capability gaps and provide input on the usefulness of technology that is currently available.
- Citizens can provide insight and ideas on how solutions can best support the pace of daily life.
- Industry & academia can obtain a better understanding of operational capability gaps and market opportunities, become better connected, and expand partnerships.
- Government organizations can take advantage of a new window of opportunity to collaborate, plan ahead, and expand networks.
Interested? Then participate today!
- Online—Join us virtually through the S&T Collaboration Community. Q&A and Ideation forums are active 24/7, so feel free to post at any time. Discussions on the Collaboration Community can take place anytime!
- Events—Participate in in-person and virtual meet-ups, roundtables, workshops, and webinars. Creating an account on the Collaboration Community ensures you’ll get emails when new events are scheduled.
Past Conversation Highlights
The National Conversation's inaugural year focused on S&T's five Visionary Goals and several topics geared toward specific issue areas such as bio/agro security, mass transit, and airport security at international borders. Over 1,500 public safety, homeland security, and emergency management stakeholders representing government, academia, and non-profit organizations participated. Technology innovators were also among the participant base, drawing connections between emerging technologies and their applicability to homeland security and public safety priorities. The infographic below highlights key points gleaned from the discussions.
Examining ways to meet the evolving needs of air travel in the 21st century
Collecting innovative ideas to support the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
Brainstorming solutions to improve security of digital infrastructure
Combining technological and analytical solutions to transform data into actionable information
Discussing security innovations to efficiently and safely move millions of people
Defining resilience and identifying best practices to enhance community resilience
Making responders more protected, connected, and fully aware
Considering new ways to quickly and effectively screen people, goods, and cargo