1. Why should I participate in E2C (formerly known as ExFOB)?
As an E2C participant, your technology will be evaluated by technical experts as well as active duty Marines. Our technical team will work with you to design and execute a test plan over the course of the week long demonstration. This team will collect data on system performance (power draw, temperature, fuel use etc.) and compile this data in a formal report that will be circulated within the Marine Corps. In addition, we'll provide you with the data collected on your system. (In the interest of confidentiality, you'll only receieve your data, not that of your peer participants). We'll also provide qualitative feedback from Marine operators on what they liked and didn't like about what they saw.
2. How can I demonstrate my technology at E2C?
E2C participation is by invitation only. Interested participants should review the latest Request for Information (RFI) on fbo.gov and follow the instructions to submit a response to the RFI. USMC and other Service personnel and support contractors will review all responses for technical maturity, relevance to event focus area, and potential to meet current operational needs.
3. How is E2C different from a typical industry trade show?
E2C is NOT a trade show! E2C is a technical field demonstration. There is no agenda, there are no speakers, just subject matter experts collecting hard data on system performance and active duty Marines evaluating the systems for future use in the field. We enforce a strict policy prohibiting E2C participants from distributing goodies bags or other marketing material during the demo.
4. How much does it cost to demonstrate my technology at E2C?
Participating vendors must pay their own way to E2C. The Marine Corps is responsible for data collection costs.
5. How can I do business with the Marine Corps?
The Marine Corps engages with the business community through multiple channels. Here are some links to get you started:
Doing Business with the Marine Corps
Federal Business Opportunities
Office of Naval Research - Contracts and Grants
DARPA - Solicitations