The Pitch 2023: A Competition of New Ideas
Congratulations to Anna Blue, Best in Show
On June 8, CNAS hosted the Grand Finale of The Pitch during the CNAS 2023 National Security Conference. Finalists from the first round presented their pitches to a panel of judges that included, Michèle Flournoy, Richard Fontaine, Suzanne Kianpour, and Emily Kilcrease. Katherine Kuzminski hosted the event. The People's Choice Award and Best in Show winner was Anna Blue, for her pitch to invest urgently in robotics technology capable of mining metals from asteroids.
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For the fourth year, CNAS hosted the first round of its premier event to elevate emerging and diverse voices in national security, The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas. Thirteen selected applicants made their pitch for innovative policy ideas to meet new challenges in U.S. national security policy in front of a distinguished panel of judges and a live virtual audience on Wednesday, April 26.
The judges of the first round included Mycal Ford, a sanctions and financial crimes professional and the winner of best in show at The Pitch 2022; Carisa Nietsche, Associate Fellow in the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS; Alexandra Seymour, Associate Fellow in the Technology and Security Program at CNAS; and Becca Wasser, Senior Fellow in the Defense Program at CNAS.
Three finalists are moving on to compete in person at the grand finale during the 2023 CNAS National Security Conference. Sam Pandey won the Military Modernization heat. Jennifer Lee won the Institutions and People Power heat. Anna Blue won the Technology and National Security heat, as well as the people's choice award.
The following finalists made their pitches during the first round:
Jordan Sun is the vice president of product at Softbank Robotics America
Sam Pandey is an innovation officer with the 75th Innovation Command, U.S. Army Reserves
Mike Tiernan is a master’s candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Imran Bayoumi is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council
INSTITUTIONS AND PEOPLE POWER
Edyt Dickstein is an intelligence officer at the Department of Defense
Jennifer Lee is an associate at the Scowcroft Group
Jolie Grace Wareham is the chair and founder of the Tennessee Democratic Party Cyber Safety Committee and a higher education professional.
Silvia Pera is a psychology doctorate student at the Wright Institute
TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Jacob Finn is an intelligence analyst for the Cisco Talos Intelligence Group
Kevin Klyman is a research analyst at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Emma Robinson is a dual MBA/MA in international studies candidate at Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute
Andrew Olson is an associate research analyst for the Center for Naval Analyses
Anna Blue is an MPA candidate at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a social impact fellow at the Responsible AI Institute
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