The effects of a rapidly warming climate are felt in weather patterns and disruptions all over the earth. This is especially noticeable in the Arctic region, where the warming climate presents both challenges and opportunities for Arctic nations.
With six of the eight Arctic nations within the High North as current members of NATO, the Alliance has an interest in preserving security, stability and cooperation in the High North.
This edition of the Innovation Challenge aims, through a fictitious scenario, at collecting solutions that will ensure effective operations in the Arctic, from Space to the Seabed, taking into account its geographical particularities and the context of a NATO joint operation.
Solutions should centre around one of the following topics, which are the current priorities for the High North: communications, search and rescue, situational awareness, preservation, and sub-surface navigation.
The NATO Innovation Challenge, initiated in 2017, is a brainstorming process that allows Alliance and Partner Nations to collaborate and find solutions to common operational challenges in a cost-effective manner. It also grants non-traditional innovators, such as individual developers, start-ups and academia, priority access to the NATO Innovation Network, offering participants high visibility and the opportunity to test and develop their innovative solutions. For the winners, the Challenge offers a monetary prize and development for their product to scale.
Who can register?
The Innovation Challenge is open to all NATO Nations. All eligible individuals, teams or suppliers can register for the challenge. Each individual must register separately. Solutions must be submitted by the team representative only. Solutions can include any combination of methodologies, concepts, techniques, and technologies.
The deadline for submissions is 14 May 2023.
The three winners will be announced on 22 June 2023.