The ideas were flying and the brainstorming was abundant at the inaugural “Bunker Burst” Innovation Workshop, held at the San Diego Convention Center on 16 February. Presented by the U.S. Naval Institute and Bunker Labs with the sponsorship of Textron Systems, Bunker Burst brought together civilians, industry experts, military veterans, and active-duty naval professionals.
The purpose of the gathering was to try something different: present the 100-plus assembled participants with a number of high-level strategic questions straight from senior active-duty leaders; rapid-teach a framework for breaking down and reframing the questions, identifying customers, and developing solutions; and then apply the framework to the questions presented.
“Our goals for the day were to have fun, create new connections, spark new ideas, and role model what a day of action with some nontraditional players can look like,” said retired Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, CEO of the Naval Institute. “With ‘force of the future’ as a backdrop, we think these kinds of conversations and activities with outside partners will only grow in their importance, frequency, and relevance.”