Industry Events


Sharpening NATO’s Technological Edge:
Adaptive Partnerships and the Innovative Power of Alliance Industry

Ottawa, Canada 24-26 April 2017

NATO has been able to keep its technological edge over adversaries for 67 years because the innovative capacity of Alliance industry is unparalleled. Today, a broad range of fast-evolving military and non-military security challenges, combined with much faster technology design, have raised the bar on what it takes to maintain resilience against attack: resilience can no longer be static, but rather requires rapid, continuous innovation. At the 2016 Warsaw Summit, Alliance Heads of State and Government reinforced the imperative of supporting innovation through greater collaboration with industry in the Summit Communique, highlighting that “for the Alliance to keep its technological edge, it is of particular importance to support innovation with the aim to identify advanced and emerging technologies, evaluate their applicability in the military domain, and implement them through innovative solutions”.

Bringing together over 600 high-level defence experts from across NATO, the Allied militaries, industry and academia, NITEC 2017 ( organised with the Association for Communications, Electronics, Intelligence and Information Systems Professionals (AFCEA) in Ottawa will be a prime opportunity to build upon the success of NITEC16. While NITEC16 established a clear consensus about the need for partnership and innovation, NITEC17 will focus on converting that consensus into action.

NITEC17 Highlights

  • Discussion with senior decision makers of key trends in the innovation landscape, how they are re-shaping traditional government-industry collaboration, and the implications for NATO.
  • Forum to discuss with industry NATO business opportunities in cyber, air and missile defence as well as advanced software, worth 3 billion EUR.
  • Break-out sessions to consider focused questions on the challenges and opportunities of re-fashioning NATO-industry collaboration to speed innovative solutions.
  • Defence Innovation Challenge and SME Mentoring Programme, aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from small business and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities.
  • Launch of the Next Generation Innovators Programme to stimulate “knowledge for innovation” approach and the types of skills necessary to build next generation information security experts.
  • AFCEA TechNet International exhibition, B2B meetings and networking opportunities.

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Major Events Safety and Security Summit (ME3S)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 25-27 April 2017

An event for professionals involved in safety and security for major events, venues and crowded places.

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