Defence Innovation Challenge

The 1st Innovation Competition for the development of solutions and applications in the Defence sector. The Hellenic Ministry of National Defence, in collaboration with the Greek innovation and technology company Crowdpolicy, is holding the 1st Innovation and Technology Competition with the intention of mobilising the productive forces of our country by highlighting new, original and innovative ideas/proposals based on new technologies that enable innovation to be a competitive advantage in the Defence Sector, thus supporting both the Armed Forces and the Domestic Defence Industry. The concept of the competition is the Situational Awareness Innovation.



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On Thursday 26th May 2022, the Defence Innovation Challenge, 1st Innovation Competition of Ministry of Defence was completed with the award ceremony

We invite any interested individual, team or company to participate in the competition:

By Submitting original methodologies and applications / ideas (participants - contestants).

Supporting this effort (mentors, sponsors, supporters, public organizations, companies, collective entities).


Creating an ecosystem and developing a culture of innovation in its field National Defense.

Highlight smart and innovative solutions to meet the challenges posed faced by the Armed Forces.

Utilization of new emerging technologies.

Production of innovation to create defense capabilities that will support the country in the future.

Interconnection with the technological innovation and entrepreneurship community of our country.

Support for youth and innovative entrepreneurship, opportunities for young people.


« Situational Awareness Innovation »

Awareness of the operational situation, both for friendly and hostile forces, is one of the most important parameters for the successful conduct of a military operation and the current practices with which it is achieved can be improved with ideas and solutions belonging to a wide range of research areas (eg software, sensors, surveillance systems, communication protocols, human resource management, business units and systems, information traffic security, etc.).


Indicative Thematic Areas

The thematic areas - in which each proposal can be included - are divided, not on the basis of the research area, but on the basis of their scope of application in military operations. Thus, the thematic areas are the following:

  • Tactical level:It concerns planning and carrying out tactical military actions in order to achieve military objectives, by tactical Formations, Groups and Units. That is, the battle and the engagements between the opposing forces that make up a large-scale operation.
  • Operational level: It concerns the level of war at which large-scale operations are planned (combining more than one military action).
  • Strategic Level: At this level, the military strategy is formed, which is a component of the grand strategy. In other words, the way of deployment and engagement of the Armed Forces is planned in order to achieve the National Objectives.

Each innovation proposal per thematic unit can fall within the following categories:

  • Telecommunications
  • Physical and digital security
  • Software Development
  • Hardware Development
  • Defence Systems

The above categories and thematic areas may concern the army, navy, airforce and space, either individually or in combination.



Submission of Issues and Problems

Open Day

Initial Evaluation

Defence Tech Bootcamp

Presentation of Ideas & Final Evaluation


Along with the innovation marathon, we will be holding online creativity competitions for children and pupils, starting with a painting and crafts competition on #stayhome.


The total cash prizes are set at € 18,000, and will be distributed as follows:

The proposal that will collect the highest score will receive a prize of € 7,000.

The proposal with the second highest score will receive a prize of € 5,000.

The proposal with the third highest score will receive a prize of € 3,500

The proposal that will collect the highest score and will be submitted by a team that will be staffed exclusively by human resources at the age limit of 18-23, will be awarded the Youth Innovation Award and will receive a prize of € 2,500.




Supported by


Michael Psallidas

Managing Director, Crowdpolicy

Kostas Kalogerakis

Chief Innovation Officer at Crowdpolicy

Athanasios Charemis

Innovation Consultant, Horizon 2020 Energy National Contact Point, National Documentation Centre

Dimitris Kavroudakis

Assistant Professor of Geographical Analysis, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean

Kostas Topouzelis

Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean/Department of Marine Science

Athanasios Vamvakas

Smart Grids Director, Intracom Telecom

Haris Kokkinos

Technical Manager at FEAC Engineering

Panagiotis Ntounis

Business Development Manager, ORBIT POLYMERS S.A.

Paris Kitsos

Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of the Peloponnese.

George Megas

Horizon Europe NCP, Coordinating NCP for Cluster 4 (Digital, Industry, Space) & EEN Consultant EIT Health HUB Coordinator Gr., Hellas National Documentation Centre (EKT)

Kostas Karpouzis

Διευθυντής Ερευνών, ΕΠΙΣΕΥ-ΕΜΠ

Theoharis Tsenis

Research fellow in Artificial Intelligence, microelectronics, microfabrication, quantum computing, stock market innovator Εταιρεία/Φορέας_1: CERTH/IMET

Dimitris Nodaros

Deputy General Manager, Eight Bells Ltd

Antonis Zannis

Mechanical Design Engineer, A-Z Engineering

Konstantinos Pilaftsis

Σμήναρχος (ε.α.), Υπεύθυνος τομέα Διαστήματος, Άμυνας & Ασφάλειας, Eight Bells Ltd, Greek Branch

Athanasia Loukidou

Project Manager, University of Macedonia

Dr. Konstantinos Kiousis

Director, ΙΕΚ Delta

Christina Iliou

Research Project Coordinator, e-Commerce & Cyber Security/ ICT Operations Specialist, National Security & Crisis Management Unit, Defence & Security Department, Institute of International Relations - ΙΔΙΣ

Dr. Periklis Chatzimisios

Professor, International University of Greece

Fani Kazantzi

Cultural Manager, European Capital of Culture- Elevsis 2023

Andreas Ampatzoglou

Systems Engineer / Requirements Manager, OHB Hellas

Kostas Anagnostopoulos

Software Architect, X Display Company Technology Limited

Nikos Karavassilis

Business Development, SCYTALYS SA

Efthimios Charokopos

Retired Lieutenant General of the Hellenic Army

Chrisavgi Dre

Deputy Director New Technologies, Intracom Defense

Christos Lampropoulos

Police Major of Hellenic Police, Lecturer at Institutes of Vocational Training. PhD candidate in startups.

Konstantinos Bonikos

Technology Sales Consultant (AI and DATA)


The Ministry of National Defense organizes the 1st Competition for Innovation and Technology in the field of Defense “Defense Innovation Challenge”, on the subject of Innovation in Situational Awareness Innovation. The Competition aims to highlight, promote and reward innovative ideas that will give a competitive advantage in the field of Defense, while supporting the Armed Forces.

You can apply here.

Applications for the contestants will be open until August 1, 2021.

Express your interest through the form that you will find here.

To the team and its members. See the Terms and Conditions of the Defense Innovation Challenge here and the Crowdhackathon Terms here.

Yes, existing and new teams can certainly participate in the competition.


The competition is open to any natural person of Greek Citizenship, eighteen (18) years and over on the due date of the deadline for submission of proposals, who is a legal and permanent resident of Greece and is:

  • Acting, permanent military and civilian personnel of the Ministry of Defense.
  • Scientific staff / students of higher academic (AEI, ASEI, ASSY) and research institutes of the country.
  • Staff of small and medium enterprises and start-ups based in Greece and active in the field of technology.

We invite any interested individual, group or company to participate in the marathon:

  • by submitting original methodologies and applications that address these problems (participants).
  • supporting this effort (mentors, sponsors, supporters, public organizations, companies, collective bodies).


You can also express your interest in being a sponsor and / or sponsor, as well as a data provider.
The management team will tell you about the process.




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