The ASSETs+ European Defence Challenge 2nd edition enters its final stretch

The European Defence Challenge II edition (EDC II) contestants have already presented their final proposals addressing innovative uses of unmanned technology for defence. The jury has now the difficult task of selecting the winner teams that will be announced during the Awards Ceremony, to be held online on May 27th, 16:30 CET, with the presence of highly relevant speakers.

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. The challenge asks European students to propose one or more work approaches dealing with topics such as artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, autonomous vehicles, data science, cybersecurity, chip technologies, control, robotics, signal and image processing, and defence-related technologies.

This edition topic is: Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?

AGENDA May 27th.

16:30 Engagement of talents through the ASSETs+ European Defence Challenge

  • Mateo Burgos, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, EDC II organizer
16:40 Keynote speakers from the European Parliament

  • Mr Michael Gahler,Member of the European Parliament, Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • Mr Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament, Vice President of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence
16:50 Keynote speaker from the European Defence Agency

  • Daniel Mosquera, Project Officer Air Systems Technologies. European Defence Agency EDA
16:55 Keynote speaker from the Defence Industry

  • Maurizio Betta, Head of Learning & People Development at Leonardo
17:00  Presentation of the EDC II finalists
17:20 Announcement of the winners with participation of the Institutions’ representatives
17:30 Special mention Young Students’ Award
17:40 Final Remarks

  • Gualtiero Fantoni, University of Pisa, ASSETs+ Coordinator