The contest will seek to source innovative solutions to help intelligence analysts evaluate information more quickly, accurately and effectively. This in turn could potentially identify solutions that would greatly improve satellite intelligence gathering and analysis capability.
Harriett Baldwin, minister for defence procurement, commented: “The UK must innovate to stay ahead, while developing the ability to harness entrepreneurship quickly and affordably, wherever it emerges.
“This kind of joint crowdsourcing project is precisely what the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new Innovation Initiative aims to encourage: strengthening and streamlining collaboration with both new and established partners.”
A spokesperson from Dstl added this new approach was a unique way to reach out to a huge community of data scientists who would not typically work with the laboratory.
The $100,000 total prize fund will come from the MOD’s new innovation fund of around £800 million, which will support fresh ideas from across and beyond the Defence sector for the next ten years.