NATO Innovation Challenge

Calling all innovators: NATO Innovation Challenge open

Paris (France) and Norfolk (US), 28 March 2018 – NATO Innovation Hub and the French Ministry of Defense have launched the second NATO Innovation Challenge, a global contest culminating in a pitch day at the Ecole Militaire in Paris on 29 May 2018.

The competition’s latest edition seeks out innovative ideas to improve data management in military operations involving multiple agencies. Topics include Data Filtering and Fusing, Visualization, Predictive Analytics.

Creative problem solvers everywhere are invited to join the challenge, from small businesses to university departments, coders to strategists. Individuals and teams have until 11 April 2018 to register. 

At the final contest in Paris on 29 May 2018, selected contestants will pitch their solutions to a jury of leading experts in international security, information management and innovation. Finalists can attend the event in person, or make their pitches online.

Prizes include solution development grants and the chance to feature at a high-profile NATO event.   

The NATO Innovation Challenge series was launched in 2017 to connect ideas from the military, business and academic worlds, boosting innovative solutions in security and defense. 

After a successful first edition that attracted more than fifty teams of innovators, it was decided that the NATO Innovation Challenge would become a regular event, tackling a new issue each time.

General Denis Mercier, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation said: “In an increasingly complex security environment, we need innovation to improve operational concepts and transform our military capacity. We must take down some of the walls between the "traditional" defense industry and the worlds of digital industry and research.”

“Good ideas are everywhere,” says Serge Da Deppo, Manager at the NATO Innovation Hub, which organizes the challenge. “We’re inspiring innovative thinking, and supporting the best solutions so they can feed into real defense and improve security: that’s what the NATO innovation challenge is all about”.

Open for all to follow online, the challenge will be closely watched by:

  • NATO and Ministries of Defense in NATO nations
  • NATO partners 
  • Investors in the defense and technology sectors

Partners of the NATO innovation challenger include: US DOD MD5, US Army TRADOC, German Defense Cyber Innovation Hub, Ecole National Superieure de Cognitique, Old Dominion University, GICAT.

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