Hyundai Motor Expands Partnership with U.S. Government to Support Further Exploration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies

Hyundai | February 10, 2020

Hyundai Motor Company today announced the expansion of its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its support of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. Hyundai's commitment aims to increase technical collaboration to better understand challenges and to collect and publish independently validated data from demonstrating fuel cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure under real world operating conditions. This partnership, along with other collaborations with global industry partners, will help address technical barriers and enable progress in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across applications and sectors.

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In this video, Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer for the U.S. Air Force answers the question: In the midst of digital transformation, we tend to focus on innovation and disruption in the context of technology solutions. But, we know organizational transformation is equally as important. What cultural challenges does your organization face and what efforts are you making to overcome them?

Spotlight

In this video, Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer for the U.S. Air Force answers the question: In the midst of digital transformation, we tend to focus on innovation and disruption in the context of technology solutions. But, we know organizational transformation is equally as important. What cultural challenges does your organization face and what efforts are you making to overcome them?

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DataRobot Selected by U.S. Department of Defense to Power Government’s AI Initiatives

DataRobot | February 14, 2022

AI Cloud leader DataRobot today announced its selection as an AI partner under a five-year $249 million-ceiling Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). Through this contract, DataRobot is tasked with transforming AI throughout the DoD ecosystem by providing its AI Cloud platform and services to accelerate the government’s use of emerging AI technologies including Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), and Neural Networks (NN). DataRobot will support JAIC’s commitment to strategic and world-class AI solutions by: ● Providing a unified AI platform to enable all users across the DoD to quickly and successfully build and deploy mission-enabling AI projects ● Detecting, measuring, and standardizing bias prevention as a routine step in the machine learning process, driving more reliable operations and strategic solutions ● Operationalizing solutions for Testing and Evaluation (T&E) of AI-enabled systems, automated products, and autonomous systems ● Integrating AI T&E tools and services in alignment with JAIC’s architectures, technical standards, and security standards DataRobot’s end-to-end AI Cloud platform brings together disparate data and users, spanning expert data scientists to IT operators to analysts, through enhanced collaboration and continuous optimization across the entire AI lifecycle. Built as a multi-cloud platform, DataRobot AI Cloud can be deployed in a combination of public clouds, data centers, or at the edge, with governance to protect and secure even the most highly-regulated organizations. “AI has the power to shape the next generation of U.S. Defense operations, ensuring the safety of our citizens, personnel and allies,” said Jim Watson, VP, Sales, Federal & Public Sector, DataRobot. “We’re proud to support the JAIC’s mission to maximize the full potential of AI, and we share the DoD’s commitment to solving complex and mission-critical problems with better, faster, data-driven solutions that are accessible for all.” About DataRobot DataRobot AI Cloud is the next generation of AI. DataRobot’s AI Cloud vision is to bring together all data types, all users, and all environments to deliver critical business insights for every organization. DataRobot is trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50.

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InterDigital Announces the Launch of a Government Solutions Effort

InterDigital | March 31, 2021

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile and video application research and development firm, today confirmed the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, a revolutionary program created to align InterDigital's 5G experience and innovative technology solutions with the evolving requirements of U.S. government entities. This initiative shows the relevance of 5G and next-generation wireless research to government departments and policy priorities. The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions aligns favorably with InterDigital's long-term wireless research and planning, while also providing essential expertise to government entities. InterDigital, as a U.S.-based pioneer in 5G and 6G research, is uniquely qualified to collaborate with government and existing security sector vendors to promote new U.S. government efforts for 5G defense growth. This effort makes use of world-class engineers and expertise from InterDigital's U.S. wireless lab to promote a wide range of diverse government contracts and 5G defense implementations in Open RAN, mmWave, mesh networking, edge computing, and other areas. “With the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, we have built a resource to support the highly complicated technical considerations that modern governments face,” said Jim Nolan, EVP of InterDigital. “It is important for the country's long-term security and prosperity that our government and military agencies have specialized technological capabilities and business funding. We are very excited to bring our 5G and emerging wireless technologies and expertise to a vital new market.” InterDigital was recently awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DOD) to partner with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) to safely deliver spectrum sharing technologies on a 5G network. The contract directly covered the advancement of technology to advance 5G-enabled dynamic spectrum sharing between Air Force radars and 5G wireless networks at Hill Air Force Base in Utah in the 3.1 – 3.45 GHz range. “InterDigital has a long history in helping government departments, stretching back to the 1980s with the Reagan Ranch, the 1990s with Desert Storm, and some other engagements over the years that have seen our leadership of several generations in wireless technology put to the benefit of our country,” said Eric Cohen, InterDigital's Chief Development Officer. “The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions adds a new degree of commitment to those activities, and comes at a time when 5G and 6G solutions are receiving a lot of attention in U.S. government circles.” About InterDigital InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the heart of the world's devices, networks, and utilities. Many of the industry's most important and challenging technological problems are solved by them, inventing solutions for more reliable wireless networks, improved video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years before commercial launch. Many of the world's top technology firms have licenses and corporate partnerships with InterDigital. InterDigital was established in 1972 and is a member of the S&P MidCap 400® index.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Combination of Octo with Sevatec Establishes the Premier Pure-Play IT Modernization to the Federal Government

Octo | December 16, 2020

Octo, a chief supplier of arising innovation and IT modernization administrations for the Federal Government, reported today its mix with secretly held, Fairfax-based Sevatec, a main supplier of strategic programming advancement arrangements and computerized modernization administrations to the Federal Government. The blend of Octo and Sevatec makes an exceptionally deft accomplice to government clients that can address complex innovation challenges with development, high-contact administration, and generous specialized and operational assets. The joined association has developed each year since initiation and today creates almost $300 million in income and utilizes around 1,100 talented workers committed to addressing specialized difficulties for government clients across the Defense, Intelligence, National Security, Federal Health, and Civilian commercial centers. Established in 2003, Sevatec drives progressions in innovation, open-source tooling, business best practices in human-focused plan, Agile conveyance, DevSecOps, start to finish security, cloud administration joining, information designing, and computerization. With nearly $400 million in late prime Digital Modernization contract wins, exceptionally essential agreement vehicles, and separating advancements, for example, ShiftUp™, Sevatec has strong force in key business sectors and makes reciprocal extension open doors for the consolidated business to seek after. Sonny Kakar, Founder and CEO of Sevatec, said, “I have known Mehul for years and have admired deeply what Octo has been able to achieve. Octo was the only company we considered for such a transaction because of our shared values and cultural alignment. While the industrial logic of the merger resonated tremendously with us both, it also became evident that it would create significant growth opportunities for our employees and allow the combined business to compete at scale and solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our customers. In a market full of multi-billion-dollar organizations that provide a wide variety of traditional products and services, customers are seeking highly specialized, mid-sized technology partners with deep experience in digital modernization, which is exactly what the combination of Octo and Sevatec offers.” Sevatec’s core leadership team will play leadership roles in the combined business. As part of the transaction, Sonny Kakar will serve as Vice Chair of the Board and Head of Strategy while Tim May, Sevatec’s Chief Growth Officer, will serve as the Chief Growth Officer for the combined organization, a position that was previously unfilled at Octo. Furthermore, Chuck Schefer, EVP at Sevatec, will serve as EVP managing programs in the GSA, DHS, and USPTO markets, among others. Mehul Sanghani will continue to serve as the combined firm’s CEO. The consolidated firm will incorporate market-driving exclusive arrangements and marked protected innovation covering the full modernization range from DevSecOps (ShiftUp™) to Agile Software Engineering (Javana) to Open Source Software Development (Octo CX), to Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain arrangements, all oversaw and improved inside Octo's oLabs™ R&D office. The joined firm will likewise incorporate an unrivaled profundity of enormous scope modernization capabilities and experience across the whole federal space with establishment positions in a few organizations. Organizations profiting by the consolidated organizations' endeavors incorporate significant modernization programs inside the Intelligence Community at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA); inside National Security on groundbreaking projects across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and at present day programming industrial facilities being stood up inside the DoD, for example, the Air Force's Kessel Run program. Octo and Sevatec additionally have significant parts at Health and Human Services (HHS) on activities across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and significant modernization programs at Civilian offices like the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Transportation (DoT), and Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). “With this transaction, I firmly believe we have created a unique, market-shaping organization that is unmatched in terms of its collective ability to be a pure-play modernization and technology solutions provider to the Federal Government and its wide-ranging missions,” said Mehul Sanghani, Octo’s Founder and CEO. “I truly believe no other firm in the federal market can boast a combined culture of innovation and a combined talent base of high-end engineers with expertise in Agile/DevSecOps, open-source software development, cloud engineering, cyber, and artificial intelligence. More importantly, very few federal technology providers can cite large scale modernization success across the end-to-end breadth of mission systems we do collectively – from the Intelligence Community to Health Care Agencies to Defense Systems to National Security and Civilian missions, our breadth of modernization support covers the gamut.” “Over the years, we have teamed with Sevatec – and competed against them – and through it all there has always been a mutual respect between us that laid the groundwork for today’s announcement,” Sanghani continued. “I have long admired the company Sonny has built, and I am elated that we were able to find a partner in Sevatec that complements Octo in so many ways, one that also shares our unwavering commitment to our employees, customers, and the community.” “Individually these two companies are extremely well-managed and consistently deliver for their customers, while also caring for their employees. You see that reflected in their continuous growth through the years,” said Michael Lustbader, Managing Partner at Arlington Capital Partners. “We have admired Sevatec for some time, and we felt this would be a fantastic combination. Arlington is really excited to see what can be accomplished together.” Octo, founded by Mehul Sanghani in 2006, partnered with Arlington Capital in April 2019 and subsequently acquired Phoenix-based Connexta, LLC, a provider of open-source software to the DoD and Intelligence Community. Sheppard Mullin served as legal advisor to Octo on this transaction. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP served as legal advisor, and Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Sevatec on this transaction. About Octo Octo challenges the status quo, empowering federal agencies to leap IT hurdles by using emerging technologies to create transformative solutions that enable rapid modernization, enhance citizen engagement, and maximize human impact. We continually explore ways to transform IT, producing results vital to national security, intelligence, health care, and more. About Sevatec Sevatec builds the software that powers exceptional government missions. Our Digital Software Supply Chain, ShiftUp™, which brings together commercial best practices and advanced technology tools in Agile delivery, human-centered design, DevSecOps, Cloud, Security, and Data, has helped us modernize several hundred applications across the Federal Government. Founded in 2003 on the concept of “Seva,” meaning “to serve a greater purpose,” we serve the missions of Homeland and Law Enforcement agencies, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Transportation, and multiple civilian departments and agencies.

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