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Despite the unfortunate postponement of NITEC20, the NATO Communications and Information Agency is still accepting submissions for its fifth Defence Innovation Challenge.
And we’re doing things differently this year.
Selected submissions will be evaluated in late summer in a virtual pitch session, and for the first time, the most promising of those pitches may subsequently be invited to bid for a contract in this area. As part of the bidding process, invited winners will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions in a NATO environment, to a relevant NATO audience.
Through the challenge, the NCI Agency aims to incentivize innovations that could be scaled to the NATO environment. Startups and small and medium-sized enterprises from all 30 NATO Nations are particularly encouraged to apply.
Defence Innovation Challenge Winners on stage at NITEC19
“We are excited to pilot this new way of bringing tangible solutions to NATO problems. The Defence Innovation Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to show the users directly how your innovative technological solution could improve this aspect of radar performance.”
Dr Michael Street, Head of Innovation and Data Science at the NCI Agency
the NCI Agency is accepting submissions which focus on improving the performance of aerial radar. Solutions will address one or more of the following:
Solutions may use artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to approach these challenges, but solutions are not limited only to these technologies.
NITEC19 Defence Innovation Challenge
Selected submissions will get an opportunity to showcase their tech solutions in a virtual pitch session planned for late summer 2020.
During the virtual pitch session, an NCI Agency-led Selection Board will judge the submissions. The Board will include experts from across NATO and AFWERX, a United States Air Force organization focused on innovation. Submissions will be assessed against criteria encompassing innovation, implementation feasibility and cost-effectiveness.
Exact details, including the virtual pitch session dates and other logistics, are forthcoming. The Selection Board will choose up to ten top finishers to participate in Phase 2.
Phase 2 participants will receive:
Like all other NITEC21 participants, the top finishers will also have an opportunity to join B2B meetings, small businesses mentoring sessions (if applicable) and bilateral meetings with NCI Agency business managers and technical experts.
The Defence Innovation Challenge is open to companies, regardless of size, from across the NATO Alliance. Startups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises are especially encouraged to participate. Entries must be received by 15 June 2020. The top finishers will be announced in July-August 2020.
A concise proposal 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.