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About D60

D60 is a three-day Symposium hosted by DARPA in honor of its 60th Anniversary. The Symposium will highlight DARPA’s innovative approach to creating breakthrough technologies and capabilities from the Agency’s past, present, and future. DARPA’s mission requires a constant stream of novel ideas and contributions from innovators looking beyond what is possible now. D60 will provide attendees the opportunity to engage with up-and-coming innovators, along with some of today’s most creative and accomplished scientists and technologists, as they continue to provide these contributions. By sharing our record of innovative achievements over the past 60 years, DARPA aims to inspire attendees to explore future technologies, their potential application to tomorrow’s technical and societal challenges, and the dilemmas those applications may engender. D60 participants will have the opportunity to be a part of the new relationships, partnerships, and communities of interest that this event aims to foster, and advance dialogue on the pursuit of science in the national interest.


D60 will feature six Plenary Sessions focused on topics of broad import and interest as well as 30 themed Breakout Sessions that will enable participants to dive more deeply into particular topics of interest. An Exhibit Hall will feature displays from each of DARPA’s six technical offices, detailing a selection of programs that reflect the breadth of DARPA’s research portfolio as well as the range of its performer base. Visitors to the Exhibit Hall will also have the opportunity to view an extensive showcase of historical displays and artifacts with highlights from DARPA’s storied past.


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Day Event


Plenary Sessions


Breakout Sessions

DARPA 60th Anniversary Dinner

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Keynote Speaker ADM William McRaven, USN Retired




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Day 01

Wednesday, September 5


Woodrow Wilson Foyer

Mosaic Warfare and Multi-Domain Battle

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom


Electronics Resurgence

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

Polyplexus Exhibit Introduction

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

Exhibits / Break

Prince George's D&E


Prince George's D&E

Alumni Reception (separate registration required)

Town Park / Lower Atrium

Day 02

Thursday, September 6


Woodrow Wilson Foyer

Exhibits / Breakfast

Prince George's D&E

Opening Remarks

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

Achieving a Beneficent Cyber Future

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom


Enterprise Disruption

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom


Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

Exhibits / Lunch

Prince George's D&E

Exhibits / Break

Prince George's D&E

Exhibits / Breakout Session 3

Exhibits / Break

Prince George's D&E

Exhibits / Break

Prince George's D&E

Exhibits / Reception

Prince George's D&E

Day 03

Friday, September 7


Woodrow Wilson Foyer


Prince George's D&E


Opening Remarks

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

DARPA Risers

Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

Plenary Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Steven Walker

Director, DARPA
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The Honorable Michael Griffin

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
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Dr. Timothy Grayson

DARPA, Strategic Technology Office (STO)
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Dr. Fred Kennedy

DARPA, Tactical Technology Office (TTO)
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Mr. Andreas Olofsson

DARPA, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)
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Dr. Brian Pierce

DARPA, Information Innovation Office (I2O)
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Dr. Justin Sanchez

DARPA, Biological Technologies Office (BTO)
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Dr. Vincent Tang

DARPA, Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Event Venue

Gaylord National Harbor

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Room Block

Guest Room Block (limited availability)
Room Rate: $250/night (government per diem) plus applicable tax
Cutoff Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Group Name: DARPA60 (use for phone reservations only)
Phone Reservations: 301-965-4000
Online Reservations: Closed
Deposit: All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night's room and tax


General Attendee Registration Fee: $525


DoD Attendee Registration Fee: $375


D60 is currently sold out. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.




NOTICE: Be aware of emails imitating correspondence from DARPA, some of them contain malware. The only legitimate email address for the symposium is DARPA60@darpa.mil.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q.Can I still register for D60?

A.No, D60 is currently sold out. Please email DARPA60@darpa.mil if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Q.What is the registration fee for D60?

A.The registration fee is $525 for non-DoD attendees and $375 for DoD attendees.

Q.What does the registration fee include?

A.The registration fee covers access to all plenary and breakout sessions, the exhibit hall, the anniversary dinner, and meals. Meals include 2 continental breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 reception/dinner.

Q.What is the cancellation policy?

A.Registration fees will be fully refunded for any attendee who cancels prior to 5:00 PM ET on August 22, 2018. After that time, no refunds will be made. If you would like to transfer your registration to someone else within your organization, please email DARPA60@darpa.mil.

Q.May I register for individual sessions or dinner and only pay for those elements of the event?

A.No. The registration fee is inseverable.

Q.Is there a limit to the number of people who can attend per organization?

A.Attendance may be limited per organization once capacity is reached.

Q.Who can attend the alumni reception on Wednesday, September 5, 2018?

A.The alumni reception is restricted to current and former DARPA Employees and support contractors.

Q.How much does the alumni reception cost?

A.The alumni reception is $40 per person to cover light hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar.

Q.May I change my selections for Breakout Sessions?

A.Attendees have the option to attend any session during the event. Preferences are used to determine space allocations.

Q.Will the sessions be recorded?

A.Yes, DARPA will video record all Plenary and Breakout Sessions. Plenary Sessions will be posted to DARPA’s YouTube channel after the event and Breakout Sessions will be archived internally.

Q.Is photography and videography allowed during the event?

A.Yes, photography and videography are allowed during the event.

Q.Are media allowed at the event?

A.Yes, media can register for the event by selecting "Media" as their registration type.

Q.What is the recommended attire for the event?

A.Recommended dress is business casual and uniform of the day for military attendees. Business attire is appropriate for the reception and dinner on Thursday, September 6.


Questions ?

Please email the D60 Planning Team at DARPA60@darpa.mil.



NOTICE: Be aware of emails imitating correspondence from DARPA, some of them contain malware. The only legitimate email address for the symposium is DARPA60@darpa.mil.