Oct 27th attend first of its kind pitch event.   Ten teams competing for up to $60K in prizes and chance to change how first responders support recovery efforts from disasters.  Come network and be a part of history in the making.    Starting 8:00 AM with a complimentary breakfast and opening remarks, judged pitches will be begin at 8:50 AM.   18 minutes will be allotted to each team (which includes setup, 10 minute pitch and 3 minutes for  Judges Q & A.)   Complimentary lunch will be provided followed by closing remarks at 1:30 PM.  Open and absolutely free to the public, must pre-register prior to Oct 23 to attend by clicking here.

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10 Selected Teams

Prizes for winners include the opportunity to present their solution in an upcoming NATO-wide event and up to $15,000 project funding.

Everyone Can Participate, Onsite or Remotely







Challenge Topics

Judging Criteria



Event Information

Seeking hardware, software and concept solutions supporting stabilization in the field of:

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Solutions will be scored against:

  • Potential impact of proposed solution on challenge topics
  • Customer validation for proposed solution
  • Innovativeness
  • Level of demonstration of proposed solution
  • Viability of bringing the solution to market

​Aug - Sep


25 Sep

Abstract Submisson

28 Sep


27 Oct

Pitch Day - Award Ceremony


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The purpose of the NATO Innovation Challenge / Old Dominion University Lion’s Lair Innovation Competition is to tap into the minds of innovative people and teams to find more effective and efficient ways for NATO, or other response organizations, to stabilize troubled areas and save lives.


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How long does the Challenge run?

Pre-selected teams will have from 28 Sep to 25 Oct to develop their solution proposal that they will present on 27 Oct.

Can I participate if I am not a Coder?

Absolutely. We want entrepreneurs, designers, marketers, thinkers, engineneers, coders.

Online or Onsite Participation?

Participating onsite on Pitch Day is optional. Everything can be done online.

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Participant's Agreement

By participating in the Challenge you agree on the Official Rules


Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


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