On August 26, the primary worldwide Navy Drone Hackathon began in Kyiv.
The occasion was organized by the Ukrainian Startup Fund (USF) along with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the Common Employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, DK “Ukroboronprom” and IDI Camp.
The Drone Hackathon goals to develop new concepts within the military-tech trade for the manufacturing of drones.
In complete, about 300 functions (particular person and group members) from design engineers, radio engineers, drone operators and programmers and different specialists from all areas of Ukraine have been obtained to take part within the hackathon.
Amongst them, 150 chosen members will work offline for 3 days (August 26-28) on new technological options within the army tech discipline to beat struggle challenges and assist the Ukrainian military.
“This hackathon is a novel alternative to take part within the improvement of latest digital options that may assist our army. Our widespread job is to lift the event of manufacturing and technical assist of drones to a excessive stage. And never solely to buy drones from varied firms all over the world but in addition to create them on an industrial scale in our nation. It depends upon you the way we’ll develop new military-tech tasks on this space,” mentioned Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, in his tackle to the members.
“Immediately we’re searching for these concepts that may make our improvements related for the army not sooner or later, however already right now. Throughout these three days, we’re searching for an answer along with the army. In order that the concepts that the groups provide you with at this hackathon are carried out as a lot as doable on the entrance. That is the primary military-tech hackathon for the Ukrainian Startup Fund. There will likely be extra. It’s strategically essential for us. That is the precedence that the UFS units earlier than itself,” emphasised Dmytro Shimkiv, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Startup Fund.
On the primary day of the Drone Hackathon, members offered their preliminary concepts, fashioned groups, mentioned the primary challenges of the Hackathon with group mentors and began engaged on tasks in groups.
Through the subsequent two days, it’s deliberate to carry lectures for Hackathon members, consultations with mentors and specialised consultants, mission teamwork, and pitch preparation.
Hackathon facilitators have been representatives of the Ukrainian Startup Fund – Ihor Markevich and Yana Paladiyeva.
The Drone Hackathon will finish with a Pitch Day, on account of which the jury will consider the tasks in accordance with the next standards:
- Satisfaction of the necessities of events
- Progressive method to the issue
- Completeness of the answer
- Simplicity and scalability
- Presentation of the ultimate product
The winners will likely be awarded a financial reward and presents from companions.
“Within the twenty first century, information, intelligence and know-how are of nice worth in struggle, which give rise to efficient and environment friendly anti-war instruments, with the assistance of which wars are received within the trendy world. This isn’t one thing international to Ukraine. That is our on a regular basis actuality. Synthetic intelligence, management of drones, chatbots for gathering data, particular search techniques, satellite tv for pc communication, area applied sciences are just some of the revolutionary instruments that Ukraine resorts to in the course of the struggle. These days, these phrases have change into a part of our every day vocabulary. Six months of army operations on the territory of Ukraine demonstrated how essential and decisive such technological weapons may very well be, considerably strengthening floor forces. Subsequently, it’s unsurprising that the Navy Drone Hackathon aroused full of life curiosity amongst innovators. It’s gratifying that startups are actually working to develop their firms and for our joint victory within the struggle. They try to strengthen the defenders on the battlefield and maintain the technological entrance firmly, present protection and counteroffensive,” mentioned Pavlo Kartashov, director of the Ukrainian Startup Fund.
It’s price mentioning that in early July, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and Fundraising platform UNITED24 introduced the launch of the Drone Army mission. The companion of this mission is the Common Employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the State Service of Particular Communications and Info Safety of Ukraine (SSSCIP). This can be a complete program, inside the framework of which the system procurement of drones, their restore and immediate alternative, pilot coaching, in addition to coaching for the R&D trade will likely be carried out. UAVs have already been contracted for nearly UAH 948 million. These embrace 877 drones that may strengthen the Ukrainian military. The full quantity of the fundraising for the Drone Military is approaching UAH 1 billion. The next UAVs have already been bought: UkrJet, Skyeton, Fly Eye, WARMATE, SKIF, DJI Matrice RTK 300, DJI Mavic 3, Autel evo 2.
The primary UAVs bought with this cash have already been delievered on the frontline.