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  Before 9 Oct: Registration

1. Register

2. Send Questions to Experts

3. Develop and submit an abstract

--> 9 Oct: Abstract Submission Deadline

--> 12 Oct: Selected Abstracts Announced

4. Develop and submit solution proposal

--> 06 Nov: Solution Proposal Submission Deadline (for the selected abstracts/teams only)

5. Test telecommunication technology if you want to pitch remotely over the internet

--> 12 Nov: Pitch Day and Award Ceremony

6. Make your pitch and present your solution in public


Register for the NATO Innovation Challenge


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


Create an account at and check the box “Join the Innovation Challenge”

or, if you already have an account, send an email to the organizers at [email protected]


Send questions to experts

All participants can ask topic related questions by sending an email to [email protected]



The abstract

The abstract explains the specific issue to be solved and the proposed solution.

It mentions the team name and lists the team members (new members will not be allowed to join after pre-selection).

The abstract can include:

  • a text of max 4500 characters
  • max 5 graphics, pictures or slides (.ppt ...)
  • max 4 minutes video/audio file

Abstracts should be submitted by 30th September through the webform.

To submit bigger files contact us at  [email protected]



Solutions/teams will be pre-selected based on their abstract.

Abstracts will be scored against:

  • Usefulness: potential impact of proposed solution on challenge topic

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

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



Solution Proposal

Only one solution proposal can be submitted per selected abstract.

The proposal will explain the issue to be solved in detail and the proposed solution.

It will mention the team name and list the team members.

the solution proposal can include:

  • a document of max 10 pages of text
  • a 5 minutes maximum video/audio file

Proposals should be submitted before 06th November through the webform.

To submit bigger files contact us at  [email protected]



During the pitch the team, or part of it, presents the solution to the judges, in public.

The pitch will last 12 minutes max and will be followed by 5 minutes questions from the jury.

The team can pitch onsite, at the German Defence Cyber Innovation Hub (Berlin), or online, or both.


Selection of the winners

Winners will be selected and announced on Pitch Day.