Virtual Industry Day

Tech Seeker Overview

FAQ

Virtual Industry Day has a wide variety of features to provide tech scouts, tech vendors, and research
partners with the right functionality to get the job done.

  Q: How does the review process work?
Once a submission is in our database, then tech scouts and reviewers begin the process of rating and categorizing submissions. This is done through the use of summary tables and quad charts with advanced rating and grading features.
  Q: How can I get started with Virtual Industry Day?
Contact a Platform Manager. Once this is done we can begin the process of adding your project to the Public Projects and assigning a Tech Scout.
  Q: Who owns Virtual Industry Day?
MilTech. MilTech is a Department of Defense Technology Transition Partnership Intermediary and operates via Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Montana State University and the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The mission of MilTech is to accelerate the transition of new technology to the U.S. Warfighter. Since 2004 MilTech has performed over 150 technology acceleration and transition projects for every military service and joint and special commands.
  Q: Why is this better than a traditional Industry Day?
Virtual Industry Day eliminates the travel and hassle associated with traditional Industry Days, making connections between companies and researchers more efficient and effective. Information is collected in a standardized format that allows decision makers to compare tehcnologies easily.
  Q: What are Tech Scouts?
Tech Scouts are experienced market researchers and the magic that makes Virtual Industry Day work. They help Tech Seekers turn requirements into survey questions, recruit Tech Vendors to respond to the surveys, organize the responses, set up reviews for down-selections, and produce final reports. They use resources like the MEP National Network to find innovative nontraditional vendors.
  Q: Why can't I just use FedBizOps as usual?
You can, if you are patient or need responses from the big companies that regularly work with the federal government. With VID, Tech Scouts actively seek smaller, nontraditional vendors who have the technology and skills you need but may not have worked with the government before.
  Q: How long does the market research take?
Good research takes time. Even posting on FedBizOps takes months to get the BAA approved and receive responses. The timeline for Virtual Industry Day depends on the complexity and scope of the project, but simple projects will generally take three months to complete. Tech Scouts will use this time to refine Project requirements, create a survey, contact potential vendors, receive responses, and organize the information for decision-makers. If a downselect is included, that usually adds a month.

Amazing Features

Virtual Industry Day has a wide variety of features to provide tech scouts, tech vendors, and research
partners with the right functionality to get the job done.

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Create A Project

VID can accommodate projects from an RFI with well-defined requirements to open-ended inquiries about the state of a technology. Each Project is custom-designed around the Tech Seekers requirements and specifications. Survey questions are crafted to ensure quality submissions from Tech Vendors.

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Tech Scouts

Tech Scouts are the magic that make Virtual Industry Day work. They help Tech Seekers like you turn requirements into survey questions, recruit Tech Vendors to respond to the surveys, organize the responses, and set up reviews for down-selections. Tech Scouts are experienced market researchers who bring their knowledge and connections to your project so that it is successful.

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Tech Vendors

The large Tech Vendors are easy to find, but often the solution to your tech need comes from a small, nontraditional vendor who has never worked with the federal government before. Virtual Industry Day makes it easy for them to respond to market research requests so that you can see what is available from small, innovative companies.

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Research Results

Research Results include a Quad Chart for each technology, making side-by-side comparisons easy. Quad Charts and summary tables make it simple to rate, group, and review submissions and find the right solution for your tech need.

Relevant Reads

Articles and news from the tech world that is deemed relevant to projects found on Virtual Industry Day. All articles link to
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