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The latest EUDIS initiative is here!

The Hackathons and Mentoring Programme are part of the EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS). They give a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the European defence sector, connect with like-minded individuals and organisations, and use your knowledge and skills to solve current defence challenges together as a team!

Registration of participants is now open.Β 


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  • 14th of February 2024

    Start of the Application Process for Local Organisers
  • 21st February 2024

    Online Info Session

    Find out all the details about the initiative and ask your questions by joining this informative session.Β 

    Did you miss it?Β 

    The recording can be found here and the presentation used during the meeting by the organising team is here.Β 

  • 11th March 2024 - 12h00 (CET)

    Closing of the Application Process for Local Organisers
  • 15th March 2024

    Decision on the Selected Organisers
  • 21st March 2024

    Kick off with Selected Local Organisers
  • 15th April 2024 - 19th May 2024

    Opening of Participant Registration and Selection
  • 31st of May to the 2nd of June 2024

    Hackathon Days
  • 5th June 2024

    Live Pitching
  • 10th June 2024

    Mentoring Programme: Kick Off with Winning Teams
The theme of the 1st edition is β€œDigital in Defence”.

This theme aligns seamlessly with the European Defence Fund Work Program, capitalizing on the widespread relevance of digitalization. Its inclusive appeal extends beyond the realm of defence, welcoming participation from a diverse range of stakeholders.

The challenge topics within this theme encompass a spectrum of cutting-edge concepts, including information superiority, cyber security, digital transformation featuring trustworthy and energy-efficient AI, as well as advancements in human language technologies.

Additionally, the theme delves into the possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly the integration of advanced passive and active sensors for enhanced situational awareness and operational effectiveness.

The sub-challenges put forward below are highly relevant for current and future defence operational scenarios, not at least in the Ukrainian context.


Subsea Infrastructure Protection

In this challenge, we encourage you to pioneer AI- and other technology-driven solutions (including robotics, underwater sensing, or communication systems) aimed at improving the monitoring, protection, and durability of underwater installations such as pipelines, cables, and subsea facilities. Explore the potential applications of AI and other technologies in early threat detection, predictive maintenance of subsea assets, and flexible security measures designed to uphold the integrity and functionality of critical underwater infrastructure.

Your goal is to revolutionise how we safeguard underwater assets and ensure their continued operation in challenging environments and extend the boundaries of Large Language Models to safeguard critical subsea infrastructure.

Improving situational awareness

Integrating AI and other technologies presents a unique opportunity to unlock the full potential of using multiple intelligence sources. Situational awareness and support battle management systems should be improved by providing targeted information faster, more precise, and in a way that facilitates interoperability between the EU Member States/Norway. This challenge is aimed at developing solutions to enhance situational awareness and support decision-making processes. Your task is to explore how advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies can be leveraged to integrate data from various sources. This includes sensors, satellites, platforms, open-source intelligence, reconnaissance, smartphones, and other intelligence disciplines.

Your solution should leverage diverse data sets to provide targeted information swiftly, accurately, and in a manner that fosters interoperability. Your exploration should focus on processing, analysing, and deriving actionable insights from these data sources.

Cybersecurity in Defence

In this challenge, you will delve into creating cutting-edge tools leveraging Large Language Models (LLMs) for enhancing the resilience of networks against cyber threats. Your solution can, among other approaches, focus on anomaly detection, intrusion prevention, or real-time threat response.

Your task is to develop innovative solutions that strengthen network resilience against cyber threats by utilising natural language processing (NLP) and other techniques. We invite you to think beyond traditional methods and explore for example, how advanced AI-driven solutions can revolutionise the landscape of digital security. Your goal is to interpret and respond to complex security incidents effectively, addressing emerging cyber threats with creative problem-solving and adaptability.


This edition of the EUDIS Hackathon will take place simultaneously in six different countries. Discover the locations below and register to join as a participant now!

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