The Innovation Factory ecosystem takes a “hub and spoke” approach – the hub is SAIC’s Reston, Virginia, headquarters, while its satellite locations in various incubators and tech development areas around the country, such as the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, represent the spokes.
“By collaborating with startup communities we’re able to harness emerging technologies from small, two- and three-person startups and bring it into our solutions,” Jackson says.
Through these partnerships, SAIC aims to fill the gap between startups and government clients. Startups have the cutting-edge technology, but they often lack experience working with federal agencies.
“Our role is harnessing the energy and passion on the tech side in the incubators and then building a bridge to some of our government customers’ complex missions to help them integrate that technology,” Jackson says.
Since the Innovation Factory launch, SAIC has worked to solidify its presence in the startup community. In March, the company participated in the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals for the first time, where SAIC leadership appeared in panel discussions. And more recently, Chief Technology Officer Charles Onstott took pitches at Austin Startup Week.