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NATO Innovation Challenge 2018/2

NATO Challenge Information


Anyone can register individually for the challenge. Each member of a team must register individually.

Online participants are welcome.

All participants must agree to the NATO Innovation Challenge official rules.


Each participant can only be on one team.

Teams of one or more members are welcome.

Online teams are welcome.

A team can submit more than one abstract.


A partner nation has been facing unrest fueled by foreign actors. At this nation’s request NATO deployed an operation to support its stabilization effort. 

From the outset, the NATO troops have been targeted by insurgents using guerrilla techniques leveraging off-the-shelf technology to develop weapons such as swarms of unmanned systems.


A NATO patrol drives through a town and stops near the town hall. Soldiers dismount from their vehicles and secure the area around the town hall. The patrol leader has got a meeting with the mayor to obtain information about the city and the population.

Suddenly a combined attack by air and ground drones takes place. The swarm conducted previous reconnaissance to locate and observe the patrol. The drones are equipped with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) to attack the patrol while it is moving or when it stops.

The troops have to defend themselves against the drones without endangering the civilian population.

Therefore they also need to get as much information as early as possible about the attacking drones.


Can you help the troops and provide solutions in the following fields?


Abstracts and Solutions should address one or more of the following topics,

  • Detection and identification of enemy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and unmanned ground vehicle (UGV)

  • Situation awareness / ground sensor net

  • UAV and UGV Defense

Learn more about the topics

Selection and pre-selection

Based on their abstracts, teams are preselected on 9 Oct to compete and present their solutions on Pitch Day between 9-12 Nov.

Winning teams are selected on Pitch Day.


  • Usefulness: potential impact of proposed solution on challenge topic

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

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

Prizes include,

Stage-time at NATO-wide events.

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