February 21–22, 2024


Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Registration and Fees

Advance registration is required. The registration deadline is 5:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first. Due to the limitations of the conference facility space, in-person attendance is restricted to the first 250 registrants with a maximum of five (5) individuals from any one organization and no more than two (2) representatives per division/department of that organization. Interested parties are encouraged to coordinate attendance internally within their organization prior to registration. DARPA may modify the in-person organization restriction as needed.

Participants may register for one or both days.

Registration fee for Day 1: $125*
Registration fee for Day 2: $75*

*The registration fee for day 1 covers lunch, coffee break, and evening reception. The registration fee for day 2 covers lunch and coffee break.

You must cancel your attendance by Wednesday, February 7 at 5:00 PM Eastern to receive a regstration fee refund.


All registrants who are not U.S. Citizens must complete and submit either a DARPA Form 60 (U.S. Permanent Resident and Foreign National Visit Request—e.g., industry or academia) or an Official Visit Request (foreign government personnel, only) through the Embassy based in Washington, DC, no later than Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Form 60 submission instructions will be provided in the registration confirmation email. Contact your Embassy staff for assistance in submitting the Official Visit Request. Upon entry to the physical meeting, all attendees must present a valid, Government-issued photo identification.

DSO Objective and Description

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforms them into important, new game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.

DSO is interested in engaging with the research and development community to tackle complex challenges and develop impactful capabilities. We frame our office according to the thrust areas described further below, but encourage any fundamental research concept, idea, or effort that addresses DARPA’s mission to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

Novel Materials and Structures: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology in quantum devices, atomic scale systems, and functional and structural materials.

Sensing and Measurement: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology in quantum sensing and metrology, seeing (sensing) the unseen, and novel light sources.

Computation and Processing: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology of quantum computing, cryptography, and modeling of complex systems.

Enabling Operations: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, technologies to support space-based operations, tactically remote environments, and resource assurance.

Collective Intelligence: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, exploration of complex social systems, adaptable Artificial Intelligence (AI), and AI-accelerated learning.

Emerging Threats: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, national security concerns related to global issues associated with raw material availability, environmental catastrophes, and digital societies.