About the Challenge

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The DisTec Undersea Challenge welcomed innovators and progressive organisations to showcase their solutions and disrupt the undersea defence environment as we know it.

This was a great opportunity for the defence community, and those currently serving other industry verticals, to demonstrate recent technological advances which are applicable to the undersea domain. We put together an expert panel of judges, comprising representatives from military, trade press, and industry, to assess every entry in a competitive digital environment. 
 

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Format 

This undersea variation follows on from the inaugural DisTec Challenge - which focused on military training and simulation solutions, earlier this year. 

Similarly, before entering the Grand Final, our judges would select the top three finalists from the initial shortlist who would then compete against each other during the live event. Winning organisations will then be gifted with a complimentary exhibition stand at the next edition of UDT, worth up to £4,000.

SEE THE FINALISTS HERE

All shortlisted applicants were asked to submit undersea defence technologies and emerging solutions across:

  • Autonomous/AI Systems
  • Machine Learning 
  • Undersea Networking
  • Sensor Processing
  • Miniaturisation
  • Modular Design
  • Big Data and Data Fusion
  • Survivability

Meet the judges 

Jeff Owen

Jeff Owen

Jeff graduated in Maritime Technology, and has spent 35 years working in the maritime domain on projects across the globe. His initial roles focused on research and development projects in hydrodynamics and naval architecture, involving both theoretical and experimental work into vehicle hydrodynamics, propulsor design and towed systems.

Since that time he has played a significant role in the integration of payload systems into a number of platform (surface ships and submarines) programmes, with an involvement in 6 different first of class submarine designs and a number of surface ship programmes. Alongside these platform programmes he has contributed to a large number of maritime R&D projects. In his current role as an Independent Consultant, he is involved with a number of organisations, from small startups to large companies, helping them grow their business globally.

Nick Beer

Nick Beer

Nick is an electronics engineer and in his career so far has worked in retail, education and broadcasting. He has also written a number of books on electronics and for the industry press.

Stints with the BBC, running his own business internationally and lecturing preceded his arrival at BFBS in 2012 where he has held a number of technical management roles.

He is now responsible for setting the strategy for the future distribution of our services, Innovation and development of new technologies to achieve these and all commercial development of our technologies.

Nick also manages several of our key stakeholder relationships with customers and the industry.

Peter Wilkins

Peter Wilkins

After a degree in Aeromechanical Systems Engineering, Peter completed a PhD in the aerodynamics of insect flight at the Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham in 2008. He joined Dstl to conduct modelling relating to time-sensitive targeting.

He has since worked across a range of areas, mainly related to unmanned air vehicles both large and small, collaborating across UK industry and academia and with international partners.

He was seconded to MOD's Operations Directorate to conduct counter-IED analysis during the closing days of Op HERRICK (Afghanistan), and more recently spent 18 months at the Maritime Warfare Centre working on issues related to the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and the UK's return to a Carrier Strike capability.

Since the end of 2019 Peter has been a regional Innovation Partner for the Defence and Security Accelerator, working across the UK's South East to support DASA's mission of finding and funding exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively.

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People's Choice Award

People's Choice Award

Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria


 

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