Open X Awarded $1.5M SBIR Through Air Force AFWERX AFVentures

Jun 1 / Cody James
June 1st, 2020, Long Beach, California

In December 2019, Open X Education was awarded a Phase I SBIR in the 19.3 CS01 Cohort with the United States Air Force, AFWERX program

The purpose of this program is to enable companies with innovative technologies to explore and identify potential internal stakeholders within the Department of Defense and to have the opportunity to receive capital to tailor their technology to bring that technology to the DoD. 

Open X has joined forces with the U.S. Air Force Innovation Labs in a SBIR Phase II to bring a new wave of technology training to support the Digital Transformation we are in.

Open X received $1.5M to tailor their technology to service the DoD's needs. 
Long Beach, Calif., June 1st, 2020

Open X Education's mission is to assist the world in adopting technology. There is a significant problem in the world today, technology is evolving at a pace much faster than the existing infrastructure can support. The result is a substantial gap between the ready, qualified and prepared technical talent - and the desire of organization's to adopt the latest technology to promote growth.

Open X engineers, develops and distributes Workforce Technology Products & Services including but not limited to Training Platforms/Learning Management Systems, Modern Training Content and more to work towards solving the technology-adoption problem. 


The SBIR Program

The SBIR Program, or Small Business Innovation and Research is a highly competitive program that encourages agile companies to provide innovative solutions to increase the effectiveness of government agencies. Open X participated in the 19.3 CSO "Commercial Solution Offerings" Phase II program, focused on supporting the AETC (Air Education and Training Command) and other Major Commands (MAJCOM).

U.S. Air Force - AFVentures

"AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, creates simple pathways for commercial innovators and private capital investment to help the Department of the Air Force solve problems.

Our Mission: To leverage commercial technology to deliver better capability to the warfighter, faster.

Our Vision: Develop the 21st Century Industry Base for Defense.

The flag-ship investment program at AFVentures is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program Open Topic."

- AFWERX Website, https://www.afwerx.af.mil/afventures.html

What problem is Open X solving?

As we wrote in our previous announcement of SBIR award, Open X recognizes a significant problem in the world today, technology is evolving at a pace much faster than the existing infrastructure can support. The result is a substantial gap between the ready, qualified and prepared technical talent - and the desire of organization's to adopt the latest technology to promote growth.

To solve this issue, Open X has distilled the road blocks in technology adoption to a few fundamental principles stifling advancement for people and organizations.

I. Advancing a skillset or in an occupation is still considered inaccessible by many.  

II. Digital Training, which has an opportunity to bring a new era of accessibility, is still considered less than desirable by most due to a lack of engagement or interest.

III. Millions of individuals are still left in confusion around what clear pathways to pursue to advance their technology skill sets or their occupation.

Beyond the fundamental issues that block individuals from becoming "Workforce-Ready" in today's world - there is a lack of continuity between Universities, Industry, Government and the general public. The result is not only a lack of balance in the Supply & Demand curve of talent, but an architecture that does not have the infrastructure to promote the future we are striving towards.

How can we solve this?

Open X is working towards a solution through a next-generation digital technology training platform, modern and engaging content for the training content and through partnerships with University, Industry and Government to bring people a new solution.

Our fundamental principles to work towards a solution, are as follows:

I. Enable Everyone To Learn The Latest Technologies. By partnering with technology-leaders, building world-leading media and software teams and by ensuring these solutions can be brought to the public, we can enable a new wave of talent and bring substantial intrinsic value to all parties involved.

II. Create Clarity Around Occupation Advancement. More than a digital training company, we organize the skills into clear career progression paths - enabling any individual to explore and commit to a path that will ensure real-world value at large organizations.

III. Bring Continuity To Industry, Academia, Government and the People. To succeed in all of this, we recognize the need to bring all of the major stakeholders together, and to bridge the continuity between them. There is no better time in history than the Digital Transformation Era, to enable this revolution around how careers are developed and skills are obtained.

“New Airmen coming into our Air Force, are accustomed to a certain standard of media and content – Open X is delivering that quality in a full ecosystem platform that will enable any organization that adopts it, for success”
– Ret. USAF Major General Stephen T. Sargeant

Open X Education began with a team of individuals that were dissatisfied with the lack of existing opportunities to advance a career or learn technology skills. Since our inception, we have pledged to work for the best interest of the people, and we have found this to have incredible value to the larger organizations which need the world's best talent to succeed.

To contact our team about training for your organization whether as part of our DoD/AFWERX SBIR or for Industry Collaboration - Please reach out to Cody@openxeducation.com to be routed to the proper teams.