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News article14 February 20241 min read

First edition of EU Defence Innovation Scheme (EUDIS) Hackathons: open call for six local organisers

EUDIS Hackathon - Call for local organisers


Today a Call for Expression of Interest has been opened to select six local organisers for the first edition of the defence Hackathons under the European Union Defence Innovation Scheme – EUDIS. Innovation facilitators in the EU Member States and Norway are invited to register and may be selected as one of the six local organisers.

The EUDIS Hackathons aim to stimulate defence innovation and attract new talents to the defence sector. This Hackathon is the first of a series of EUDIS Hackathons that will be simultaneously organised in the coming four years in several EU Member States and Norway.

The theme of the first edition of defence hackathons is “Digital in Defence”. Several challenges will be designed under this theme. Teams of students or young engineers will compete to come up with the best solutions for the challenges. Experts from defence ministries, innovation ecosystems and defence industry will guide the teams during the event and sit in the panels that will select the best solutions.

The event will take place from 31 May to 2 June 2024.

Commissioner Breton commented: 

“It is crucial to involve EU top talents for the digital threats and opportunities given by the rapid technology development. This very first EU defence hackathon idea-sprint event offers a unique platform for individuals to come together, form teams and co-operatively build unique solutions to real-life defence challenges in a limited time.”


Interested local organisers can access the application form on the newly created webpage for EUDIS Hackathons and Mentoring.

The call will be open until 11 March 2024, 12:00 CET.


Publication date
14 February 2024