NATO’s First Policy Hackathon rewards Freie Universität Berlin

  • 04 Feb. 2021 -
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  • Last updated: 04 Feb. 2021 19:28

On Thursday 4 February 2021, NATO concluded its first policy hackathon. An expert jury as well as the live audience voted for the team from Freie Universität Berlin as the winner for their pitch on “Innovating innovation: next steps in Allied technology cooperation”.

The pitches were presented as part of the “New Ideas for NATO 2030” online event, organized in partnership with Chatham House. Over eighty students from ten universities across the Alliance participated in the competition, which was launched on 29 January 2021. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked the ten university teams for their energy, their ideas and their optimism. 

The winning team will be invited to refine their ideas and present their case on the occasion of the upcoming NATO Summit.

NATO’s Policy Hackathon is part of NATO’s 2030 initiative to make sure the Alliance remains ready to face tomorrow’s challenges, and keep its citizens safe in the next decade and beyond. 

Prior to the Hackathon pitch competition, a group of 14 young leaders from across the Alliance presented to Jens Stoltenberg their ideas  on  how to further strengthen NATO. The Secretary General will put forward his recommendations on NATO 2030 to Allied leaders when they meet for their summit in Brussels later this year.