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ASSETs+ will be at the International Employment Training Exhibition ‘Formando Futuro’

FORMANDO FUTURO, the International Employment Training Exhibition, will bring together the main decision-makers, prescribers and regulators from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, from 16 to 18 November at IFEMA, Madrid (Spain).

Our partners Madrid Aerospace Cluster together with the Polythecnic University of Madrid (UPM) will present the European ASSETs + project and the second edition of the European Defense Challenge.

On November 16 at 4:00 p.m., Carlos Romero, managing director of Madrid Aerospace Cluster and Mateo Burgos from the UPM, will participate with the presentation ‘European Defense Challenge: Learn about cutting-edge defense technologies.

The II edition of the European Defence Challenge is open.

A great opportunity to boost your career and open new horizons. Register now!

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.

The launch of the II edition took place last October 20, a day before the Conference on Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry in Rzeszow (Poland). Our partners Liga Baltina, from Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, and Mateo Burgos from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) organizer of this edition, presented all the details of the challenge.

This edition topic:

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

Students have to write an essay that must present a new usage or suggest improvements on a new technology. Not only technological, but also socio-economic, political, ethical and environmental aspects have to be taken into account.

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.

Who can participate

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

The contest is organised in two selection phases, with a highly professional jury.

Timeline

PHASE 1:
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

PHASE 2:
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

Online seminars

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

PHASE I

  • 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)

PHASE II

  • 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.

Awards

– 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.

SPECIAL MENTION TO YOUNG PARTICIPANTS:

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.

Some figures of the first edition:

  • 147 students registered
  • 40% of the participants women
  • More than 50 higher-education institutions
  • 20 countries

QUESTIONS: challenge@assets-plus.eu

Liga Baltina, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

Mateo Burgos, UPM

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The II edition of the European Defence Challenge is coming. Do you want to know all the details? Join us next October 20

The second edition of the European Defence Challenge (EDC) will be launched next October 20. Our partner the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) is the organizer of this edition.


We are working on the second edition of the European Defence Challenge, a competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies.

The European Commission has declared technology as EU’s top priority for the next years. More particularly, one key objective is the mastery and ownership of key technologies in Europe.

With this objective in mind, the European Defence 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.

The launch event will take place next October 20, 16:00-17:00 CEST, a day before the Conference on Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry in Rzeszow (Poland), where representatives of ASSETs+ project will discuss the challenges of building skills for the defence sector, including attracting new workforce.

Some figures of the first edition:

  • 147 students registered
  • 40% of the participants women
  • More than 50 higher-education institutions
  • 20 countries

Do you want to know all the details about the EDC II edtiton?