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DEF Hampton Roads Drink & Think

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Our next event for DEF Hampton Roads will be a Drink & Think on Thursday, February 21st at 6:00 PM at the Air Force C2ISR Center in Hampton. We’ll kick-off with some social time, followed by opening comments from EJ O’Brien about DEF’s mission and ways to connect. After that, we’ll discuss “Uncomfortable and Curious Questions” that bridge the civil-military gap, take a brief break to chat with other folks, and then Shelley Smith will run us through “Building Bridges“, a culture curation activity before we wrap up the evening with another opportunity to meet fellow virtuous insurgents.

Attendees will be asked if they are DoD or non-DoD when registering and should come prepared with a question to ask the other group. Since this is a Drink & Think, please bring some of your favorite tasty beverages to share. Thanks to Mission BBQ for sponsoring with amazing food!

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn. DEF Hampton Roads meets on a recurring basis to hear innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and authors share their stories and to get new ideas flowing in a casual environment (where uniforms and rank are left at the door).

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then the DEF Hampton Roads’ monthly events are a great way to learn more.


Why should I register if this is a free event? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space and coordinate with the restaurant for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the vicinity, but taxi and ride share work as well.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.


Air Force C2ISR Center
Hampton Roads Research Quad III 300 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA 23666
Hampton, VA 23666 US
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