Challenge Topics

We are seeking innovative solutions to identify, warn, assess and manage biological threats to protect NATO forces, Allies and civilian entities.

Areas of focus include:

Early warning systems and detection measures including identifying the population at risk / initial assessment, analyzing and consultation.

Surveillance including health control measures.

Interoperability between e.g. military, civilian health and research institutions, state and local management officials, surveillance analysts.

Water decontamination.

Solutions can include any combination of methodologies, concepts, techniques and technologies.

Judging Criteria

Solutions will be scored against:

  • Usefulness: potential impact of proposed solution on challenge topic.

  • Innovativeness: is it a genuinely new idea or an already existing solution adapted for this Challenge?

  • Feasibility: is the solution easy and cheap to develop and implement?
Timeline and Instructions

until 27 May: Registration

28 May: Abstract Submission

14 Jun: Pre-Selection

25 Jun: Solution submission

28 Jun: Pitch Day - Award Ceremony   ​

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Event Information

$8,500 in monetary prize

Relevant solutions could support the development of future NATO concepts, doctrine, standards, requirements, capability development, and will get stage-time at NATO-wide events


Why a NATO Innovation Challenge?

The purpose of the NATO Innovation Challenge is to tap into the minds of innovative people and teams to find more effective and efficient ways for NATO, and other response organizations, to ensure security and respond to crisis situations.

Who can participate?

We are looking for entrepreneurs, designers, thinkers, engineers, scientists, coders, innovators ....

Online or Onsite Participation?

There will not be any onsite activity. The Challenge is conducted fully online

Participant's Agreement

If you intend to participate as an individual click here to read the official rules

If you intend to participate as an industry or academia headquartered or located in NATO member countries, click here to read the official rules.

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Organizing Partners

This NATO Innovation Challenge is being co-led by the Military Academy of Skopje, North Macedonia, and the NATO Innovation Hub.