European Defence Challenge II edition

The European Defence Challenge is an open competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies.

After the success of the European Defence Challenge first edition with 147 students registered from 20 countries, we launch now the second edition.

Do you want to participate? Answer this question in 500-600 words:

Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?


All undergraduate or graduate students from all faculties in European Universities, vocational education and training centres and other institutions dedicated to education.

Participants will be welcome to attend several short webinars focused on helping them to prepare good essays.


The Challenge can be answered individually, but participants are strongly encouraged to team up in pairs and to find a partner from a different university, faculty and even country.

Please, defend your proposal by including not only technological, but also socio-economic, political, ethical and/or environmental aspects.

-Download the guidelines here.

-Download the template here.


– The 3 finalist teams will be announced on our web & social media and will participate in the awards ceremony.

– Meeting with a Human Resources manager of leading defence industries in Europe (CV, job interview)

– Each member of the winning team will receive a technology gadget personalised by our supporting industrial partners.


The best essay from students up to 20 years old will receive a personalised technology gadget and a special mention in our web & social media.


Answer the question by proposing your ideas
A jury of some of the key players in the European defence industry will review the proposals. The best ones move to phase 2.
– 14 January 2022: deadline for 1-page submission
– 15 February 2022: Pre-selection

Develop your ideas
Submit a 10-page proposal by adding details, figures, graphics to your initial proposal.

-14 April 2022: deadline for 10-page submission
-27 May 2022: Winners announcement


Participants will be welcome to attend several short webinars focused on helping them to prepare good essays


  • Critical Thinking: November 26, 2021 (11:00-13:00 CET)
  • Defence Awareness: December 1, 2021
  • Query Design: December 9, 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET)
  • Writing Reports: December 13, 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET)


  • Webinar with defence experts: February 25, 2022

NOTE: Attending webinars is optional. They are provided as complementary courses for students that are interested in acquiring additional information. The webinars will be recorded and made available for future reference, if desired.


Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

II Edition Launch Event

Engagement of talents through the European Defence Challenge, Liga Baltina & Mateo Burgos

Anne Fort, Head of Unit, Defence Industry and Market Policy at European Commission

The guidelines of the Challenge, Mateo Burgos from the UPM organizer of the II edition

Some tips with the I edition winners Matej Pastir & Radka Fléglová, and Sami Makki, Science Po Lille

Maurizio Ferrante, Head of Training and Knowledge Management at Leonardo.

Vice Admiral Manuel A. Martínez, Director of Engineering & Naval Constructions, Spanish Navy

Andrzej Rybka, Managing Director of the Aviation Valley Association

I Edition

Why a challenge?

What will the students be asked to do?

What is the subject to be adressed?

What is the objective of the challenge?

Awards ceremony:

Winners of the 1st edition:

  • 1st winner team

    Emre Kursat Kaya and Miguel Garrido Moreno from the College of Europe

  • 2nd winner team

    Matěj Pastír and Radka Fléglová from Charles University

  • 3rd winner team

    Marinette Gaillon and Auriane Georges from Science Po Lille

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