With ACT Innovation Hub’s support, the NATO Association of Canada founded the Transatlantic Innovation Centre (TIC) to strengthen NATO member and partner nations through open innovation.

As the commercial sector overtakes government labs and legacy defence suppliers in innovation pace, defence establishments are increasingly looking to source solutions from non-traditional suppliers including startups, SMEs, Big Tech and academia.

In addition to harnessing their extended national defence innovation base, countries are also looking for innovative solutions beyond their borders hence the push by the NATO ACT Innovation Hub to create an international innovation ecosystem comprising Alliance member and partner nations.

In partnership with the different public and private stakeholders constituting the national innovation base, the TIC looks to further integrate Canada into a NATO-wide innovation ecosystem.

It aims to do so by connecting the different national innovation ecosystems through recurring hackathons where teams from various Alliance members and partners compete to propose solutions to address current and future security challenges.

In support of this innovation matchmaking, the TIC recognizes the need to create a B2B forum that fosters cooperation between legacy and new defence firms so that both actors can leverage their respective advantages. As part of its mission of connecting the various innovation ecosystems, the TIC also aims to shorten the feedback loop between this extended innovation base and the defence policy community by creating a B2G platform where NATO member and partner nations’ government agencies discuss with suppliers the future of warfare and define operational requirements around which hackathons will be designed.

The NATO Association of Canada is hosting a live viewing of the 2019 fall edition of the NATO Innovation Challenge (IC) at the University of Toronto and McGill University.

The IC is a hackathon organized twice a year by NATO where startups and academia from across the Alliance compete to pitch solutions designed to solve complex security issues.

To address operational challenges, governments are increasingly resorting to open innovation by sourcing solutions from the civilian world (academia, startups, Big Tech) which overtook government labs and traditional defence suppliers in the pace of innovation.

STEM Students as well as those with a general interest in tech are invited to attend this event.

In the course of the live viewing, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a brainstorming session to discuss ways in which the student body can compete in the next IC expected to be hosted in Canada in summer 2020. Such a participation will give students the opportunity to tackle the most pressing security issues of our time. Viewers are also encouraged to think beyond the IC on how to further integrate Canadian academia into a fledgling NATO-wide innovation ecosystem in a durable manner.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Hurry! Places are limited!

Note: coffee and snacks will be served