NATO 2019 Defence Innovation Challenge Gears Up
February 11, 2019
The NCI Agency is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual Defence Innovation Challenge. It is open to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and academic institutions operating at the cutting edge of technology from NATO Nations.
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual Defence Innovation Challenge.
The challenge is aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses and academia to support NATO's C4ISR* and cyber capabilities.
It is open to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and academic institutions operating at the cutting edge of technology from all 29 NATO Nations.
Mike Street, Head of Innovation and Data Science at the NCI Agency, said: "The NITEC innovation challenge is a great way for a wide range of companies and organisations to share their innovative products and services with the NCI Agency. It is one of the routes we use to ensure that NATO's technology experts stay aware of how innovative technologies are being applied."
This year, the challenge focuses on data science and natural language processing. The NCI Agency is accepting submissions in the following priority areas:
Top finishers will get an opportunity to showcase their tech solutions at the NCI Agency annual industry conference NITEC19: 'NATO and the High North: Technology Ultramarathon." This year's conference is on 20-22 May in Oslo, Norway.
A selection board will choose the top ten finishers that will receive:
A monetary prize of 10 000 EUR will be awarded to the best proposal out of the top ten finishers. As a part of winning, they will be given the ambitious task of running a formal pilot with the NCI Agency to demonstrate their solution.
Participants of the conference will also have an opportunity to join B2B meetings, mentoring sessions and bilateral meetings with the NCI Agency managers.
A concise proposal summary should demonstrate the unique aspects of your technology, its innovative core and the proposed work as it relates to the focus area while highlighting its relevance to NATO.
*Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance