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Spark Revolution to host Innovation Studio event

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Officials from the Spark Revolution team here will host an Innovation Studio event at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Institute’s Northstar campus in Lincoln, Massachusetts, Nov. 7.  

Civilians, enlisted and officers from across all base organizations will meet at the research institute to connect, collaborate, and discuss creative ways to accelerate change at the unit level.

“Airmen and Guardians are the generators and accelerators of solutions needed to close gaps at the frontline, drive change, and connect the tactical, operational, and strategic decision-making tiers,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alan Weary, installation command chief and facilitator for the event.

Weary said the event will introduce attendees to other components of the Hanscom innovation ecosystem, including The Hanscom Innovation Team, The Lantern: Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center, the Banshee Innovation training program, MITRE, and the Northeastern University Innovation Campus.

The event will also feature briefings about recent successful initiatives, such as the 66th Security Forces Squadron’s use of squadron innovation funds for process improvement through Robotic Process Automation, and revamped training with StressVest kits.

Those in attendance will brainstorm new ways to use technology and digital resources to improve communication, customer service and training, as well as collect insight for “AFMC We Need.”

“When it comes to identifying challenges and coming up with solutions, we want to take a wholistic approach,” said Darrell Bishop, Hanscom Spark Revolution innovation consultant. “This is an opportunity for us to provide awareness of the challenges we face, and then come together on ways to improve going forward.”

Weary said he not only hopes the Spark event will lay the groundwork for future innovation and network-based events, but he believes mission success depends on them.

“The missions here at Hanscom determine if our Air Force and nation maintain our competitive advantage against adversaries during this strategic competition,” said Weary. “Our force is more vital when we invest in our people, and events like these give us an opportunity to do so.”