Army and Industry develop battle winning digital tools of the future at Hackathon 2021

A collaborative hackathon between the Army and AI specialists Adarga, designed to identify the digital solutions of the future, has announced the winners to be tested for real.

Hackathon 2021, held between September 15 to 17 at the Army’s new BattleLab in Dorset, saw military personnel and industry teams join forces to develop innovative Artifical Intelligence (AI) and software solutions to real-world challenges faced by the Field Army.  

“We were bowled over by the calibre of the solutions developed in such a short period of time. They provided laser-focused, transformational capabilities to solve challenges that the Field Army face day-to-day on Exercise". Brigadier Chris King, Commander 104 Logistic Support Brigade

The winning solutions include AI web applications supporting headquarter staff to enhance casualty evacuation; transform geographical risk monitoring; augment route planning; accelerate mission planning cycles and assist in the sighting of communications systems. These include tools such as 3D virtual modelling, live event feed dashboards and more. 

Chosen by a panel of senior military and industry judges, these were developed by individual teams of software engineers and data scientists from Adarga, Atreides, Babcock, Maxar and PA Consulting, in conjunction with military participants. 

Brigadier Chris King, Commander 104 Logistic Support Brigade said:

“We were bowled over by the calibre of the solutions developed in such a short period of time. They provided laser-focused, transformational capabilities to solve challenges that the Field Army face day-to-day on Exercise.

“More broadly, Hackathon 2021 has helped to inspire wider participation in the vital Defence transformation agenda and, importantly, enabled serving soldiers the ability to contribute directly and lead practical innovations in digital readiness.” 

“The incredible outputs of Hackathon 2021 demonstrate the paramount value and speed of innovation afforded by closer collaboration between industry and UK Defence". Rob Bassett Cross, CEO of Adarga

This event formed part of the 1st (UK) Division’s Digital Readiness Experiment (DRE) designed to accelerate the Army’s understanding and ability to adapt to digital force preparation timelines and processes, and took place ahead of Exercise RHINO CHARGE in November this year where the solutions will be tested in a real-world environment.

Rob Bassett Cross, CEO of Adarga, added: 

“The incredible outputs of Hackathon 2021 demonstrate the paramount value and speed of innovation afforded by closer collaboration between industry and UK Defence.  

“We are proud to have been selected by the Army to deliver the trailblazing Digital Readiness Experiment which is calling into action the operational and commercial processes required to deploy battle-winning digital tools at the tempo” required in this information age. We look forward to delivering Hackathon 2022!”