Work with the Dutch Ministry of Defence and NATO to aid First Responders during Pandemic Situations

Collaboration Opportunities, Access to Network, Visibility Deadline passed

Together with NATO Innovation Hub, and the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Get in the Ring is looking for startups and scale-ups to help NATO ensure health and safety, and aid first responders in pandemic situations.


First responders are at the frontline whenever there is a public health emergency. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has shown us that we need to quickly provide first responders with the best technology and resources so they can protect the health and safety of people around the world.


As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, the roles of first responders have to quickly adapt; they are currently dealing with situations such as city-wide lockdowns, overcrowded medical centres, grounded air transport and more, and need your help now more than ever, in providing them with the solutions necessary for real-time information gathering so they can navigate safely in their new surroundings.   


Since its inception in 2017, the NATO Innovation Challenge series, organized by NATO HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) Innovation Hub, has built and managed worldwide expert communities and implements innovative solutions which help tackle NATO’s priorities.


Each iteration of the Challenge is hosted in a different NATO nation. This year, the Challenge is being hosted by the Netherlands, with the Dutch Ministry of Defence. 

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges


This Innovation Challenge is seeking innovative solutions that will enable leaders, and teams of first responders to utilise information systems to help identify false information and mitigate the effects of this information on generating a true common operating picture, predicting behaviours, and supporting decision making in order to protect themselves and civilians.

A great solution should consider one or multiple of the following solution directions:

Real-Time Situation Dashboard

- Gather, sort, and discriminate information concerning the space of operations.

- Autonomously distinguish between true and false information.

- Predict developments, identify trends and aid the commander in anticipating near-future events.

- Select the optimal course of action.

Team and Population Support

- Actively push and receive real-time information to and from ground teams in a secure way.

- Deliver and collect people and (large) supplies in dense urban areas where the use of landing pads is not possible.

What's in it for you?

  • Collaboration opportunities with current and future NATO projects and missions

  • Potential collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Defence and its industry/innovation networks

  • Potential NATO STANAGs (Standardisation agreement between one or all NATO member states)

  • Access to NATO’s network

  • Visibility through a NATO online media campaign

Additional Criteria

  • Must be registered in one of the 29 NATO nations

Example cases

Example Use Case #1
Distinguishing between real and fake information

Example Use Case #2
Safely getting personnel and supplies into, and out of, urbanised areas


Application Deadline

Deadline to apply for the NATO Innovation Hub Challenge. 12:00 CEST


Applications will be evaluated and selected to move to the next phase

Solution Submission


Pitch Day + Award Ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Finalists will have the chance to pitch their solution (virtually) and a winner will be chosen
Deadline passed

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges