August 20, 2019 – The latest edition of the NATO Innovation Challenge was launched on Monday (19 August 2019), under the theme: “Optimizing leader development”. The competition aims to tap into pools of private sector innovators (entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, coders, etc.) to find new, creative and efficient ways for NATO to respond to security challenges and potential crises.
In this challenge, NATO is seeking solutions to prepare first responders and leaders at all levels to make informed decisions in complex, dynamic situations. Specifically, the challenge deals with leadership skills, decision-making solutions, human-machine optimization and mental resilience, and seeks to utilize emerging technologies and data derived from the information environment.
The deadline for registration is 30 September 2019, and the winners will be announced on 29 October 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
The challenge is run by the NATO Innovation Hub, led by Allied Command Transformation. The Hub, a virtual and physical collaborative platform that brings together some 3,000 experts worldwide, helps NATO leverage open innovation to harness partnerships with the private sector.
There are two NATO Innovation Challenges every year. Past challenges have dealt with the dangers of electromagnetic pulse, data science and the development of autonomous drones.