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Mr. Josh Caplan

Director, SoCal Tech Bridge

A consultative leader of technology developers and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer turned Navy civilian computer scientist. Josh believes that collaboration always defeats conflict, especially when conducted with delicious craft beer on hand.

SoCal Tech Bridge Logo SoCal Tech Bridge at San Diego, CA

The Southern California region encompasses a robust technology development and innovation ecosystem already aligned to Navy and Marine Corps interests. With the largest concentration of Naval forces in the world, we have seemingly infinite opportunities to identify the most important needs of the Fleet and pull together the right teams of subject matter experts and resources to solve the most challenging problems. The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific has the right relationships and legal agreements with partners throughout SoCal, which is why NavalX has identified NIWC Pacific as the anchor of the new SoCal Tech Bridge.

The NavalX Tech Bridge initiative is both a facility and a facilitator, connecting regional innovation ecosystems to the greater Department of the Navy network of agility pioneers. We aren't seeking to reinvent the wheel; rather, we're sourcing the best of breed capabilities of our Southern California economy, leveraging industry and academic partners to join forces with Naval warfighters to solve their most challenging problems in new and innovative ways.

We will be identifying an off-base facility to be used for collaborative workshops and problem-solving events taking advantage of human-centered design and lean startup facilitation techniques. The goal is to have a low barrier-to-entry environment for collaborative problem curation and solutioning, with NIWC Pacific facilitating these engagements and Fleet representatives driving the operational challenge areas.