Events & Demos

15th Annual Capabilities Demo, April 18th-20th, 2022

This year’s demo will return to our traditional open field display format on Merten Lawn at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus near Washington D.C. There will also be online components.
The overall theme will be “Sustainable Resilience in a World of Interconnected Disruptions.” Exhibits will include areas such as energy, housing, water, food, agriculture, information and communications technology, and public health, along with transport and logistics, geospatial information systems, etc. As before, STAR-TIDES will be hosted by Mason’s trans-disciplinary Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC). C-RASC’s broad scope allows resilience questions to be addressed from both technical and policy points of view, and this year’s emphasis on interconnected disruptions will promote integrated approaches.
STAR-TIDES welcomes collaboration with diverse businesses; local, state, federal and international governments; multiple Mason entities; other academic institutions, domestic and international; philanthropic institutions; think tanks; and non-governmental organizations. We will maximize opportunities for exhibitors to engage with Mason students, faculty and researchers. “Early Bird” pricing will be in effect until midnight ET on Feb 18th, with $75 discount on all sites. After Feb 19th there will no longer be a discount. If you recommend someone and they register, you’ll get $50 back if they reserve a small site, $100 for a medium-sized site, and $150 for a large site.
A follow-on demonstration at Pentagon Center Court has been requested for Apr 21-22 (Thu-Fri), but not yet confirmed.
Important: Registration will close on Fri, Mar 25 to give time to order tents, ball caps, tee shirts, etc. and to allow access requests to be processed by the Pentagon.
The tentative schedule for the capabilities demo is as follows:
     a) Monday, April 18th, 2022: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Set-up displays; 4:00 – 5:00 pm
          keynote address followed by a reception.
    b) Tuesday, April 19th: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, keynote address; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
         displays open
    c) Wednesday, Apr 20th: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, keynote address; 10:00 am –  3:00 pm
         displays open
Future newsletters will have more about C-RASC and its projects, as well as STAR-TIDES initiatives.
Any questions about this year’s demo please contact


Since its founding in 2007 STAR-TIDES has been involved in a wide array of real-world events, technology demonstrations, field experiments, and focused projects, sometimes involving teams of network members. Some of the relief efforts STAR-TIDES has supported include Cyclones Sidr in Bangladesh (2007), Nargis in Myanmar (2008), and Pam in Vanuatu (2015); the 2010 Haiti earthquake; the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (aka Fukushima); Hurricanes Sandy in 2012, and Irma/Maria in 2017; Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines (2013), and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, as well as aid to a damaged medical clinic in South Sudan in 2012/13. Technology demonstrations have been held every year, first at National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC, and now at George Mason University (GMU) in northern Virginia. STAR-TIDES has participated in conferences and exhibits from California to Dubai, and in field experimentation, largely at Camp Roberts in central California. STAR-TIDES members also helped manage an award-winning technology demonstration on expeditionary water power and communications.
Network members have investigated civil-military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as improving distributed, renewable energy infrastructures.  A “STAR-TIDES Japan” network supports a Japanese Cabinet Office project on Public, Environmental Health, and Disaster Medicine and other international STAR-TIDES networks are under discussion.
From the teams perspective, in 2015 over 80 network members responded in a week to a foreign government request for support to refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, and other members supported 2018 CAPSTONE project by GMU students on community revitalization in West Virginia with information about innovative shelters.  In the last year network members have formed a team to enhance rural broadband connectivity, for example in Native American communities and other distributed populations. 

Tech Demos and Field Experiments