April 17, 2018 - June 16, 2018
Disruptive Ideas for Aerospace and Security
This Challenge is
Can we break the barriers set by the aerospace and security industries?
Lockheed Martin is searching for breakthrough ideas that will transform the aerospace and security industries in the coming decade. This could be your chance to help pave the way for next generation solutions utilizing autonomy, human augmentation, or blockchain technologies. These technologies are enabling powerful new innovations entering the market and will have a significant impact on future platforms. This challenge is seeking out the best novel ideas for innovations that will help shape the future of these industries.
Solvers aged 18 or older are invited to compete in this global challenge for a chance to win a grand prize of $20,000 USD. Interested in participating? Sign up now!
Chenelle Bonavito Martinez
Director of Innovation
Human augmentation, or technology used to enhance human beings, is changing the way we work and live. Sensors and wearables that can be used to monitor our vitals and detect danger are proving to be life-saving across sectors. Augmented reality is giving people access to information in new ways. Sensing brain waves to control devices can decrease human workload or increase efficiency. Advances in human augmentation can improve safety and endurance by allowing people to withstand the elements longer and perform better. Learn more about human augmentation and the Stories of Innovation at Lockheed Martin.
The applications for blockchain are still being explored, but as more and more of our work goes exclusively digital, there is potential for it to provide new solutions for security and transparency. Blockchain technology provides a way to record and transfer data that is transparent, safe, and resistant to change. How might this technology be used to improve transactions between air, land, sea, or space vehicles? The power of blockchain is still relatively unknown making this the ideal time to harness its technological ability to secure, track, and maintain records.
Autonomy is playing a major role in enhancing the functionality of manned and unmanned vehicles, man / machine teaming, command and control systems, sensor processing, and cyber security. How close are we to having completely autonomous systems, and what will that mean for the industry? Learn more about Autonomous and Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin.
We invite solvers 18 and over around the world to participate in this exciting challenge for a chance to win a $20,000 USD grand prize. Solvers will be asked to develop and present ideas in the areas of autonomy, human augmentation, or blockchain technologies — the challenge begins on April 17, 2018. You may complete as an individual, or as part of a team. To participate, you must first sign up.
Once the challenge begins, you will have access to Launchpad, an online innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. Using Launchpad, solvers in multiple locations can work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies. For more information about Launchpad and the challenge, visit our FAQs.
This challenge is open to participants 18 and older from all countries and with any background (except where prohibited by applicable laws). Prizes will be awarded in accordance with U.S. law, which may restrict or prohibit awards to teams within countries subject to U.S. sanctions.
● The challenge commences on April 17, 2018 at 12:00:01 AM EST and ends on June 16, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM EST (“The Challenge Period"). The Challenge Period is 60 days.
● When the challenge begins on April 17, 2018, the challenge statement will be released containing the detailed question and judging criteria.
● Individuals must be over the age of 18 in order to participate.
● Solutions must be submitted through Launchpad.
● Solutions must be submitted in English in order to be considered.
● Participants can work individually. Eligible teams cannot exceed 6 members.
In order to participate in this challenge you must be born on or before April 9, 2000.
The challenge opens on April 17, 2018, at which point the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be posted on Launchpad.
No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the challenge. The purchase of any good or service will not increase a participant's chance of winning the challenge.
No travel is necessary to participate. The challenge takes place virtually and all communication can be done through Launchpad.
Grand Prize: $20,000 USD
Second Place: $15,000 USD
Third Place: $10,000 USD
Prize money will be sent via check or wire transfer. Recipients must be able to accept either US check or wire transfer in order to participate. Each prize will be awarded to the entire team and split evenly amongst the team members.
No, the prizes are awarded for outstanding solutions and scientific achievement. There is no requirement to apply the prize money to tuition or other academic expenses. Prizes will be awarded in accordance with U.S. law which may restrict or prohibit awards to teams within countries subject to U.S. sanctions.
The judges are Lockheed Martin employees with over 100 years of combined experience in aerospace and innovation. For more information, you can explore their profiles under the Judges section of the Overview tab.
Solutions will be scored based on judging criteria outlined in the challenge statement to be released on April 17, 2018 when the challenge begins.
Launchpad is an innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. The platform allows solvers from different locations to work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies.
First, sign up for the challenge. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email invitation to join Launchpad and setup your profile.
Once you complete your profile and log into Launchpad, go to the Projects section. There, in the upper right hand corner, you’ll see a “+ Project” button.
Once part of a team, you will have a project page including a private Team Space where you can communicate with team members. In this space you’ll also be able to launch a team video chat and link to a shared google drive.
You can work with people you know or meet other solvers by posting in the Discussions section of Launchpad. Once you’ve found people you’re interested in working with, you can create a team in the Projects section.
Yes, all members should first sign up for the challenge. Within 24 hours, members will be notified by email to create their accounts on Launchpad. Then, designate one person to create your project. After that, the rest of the team members can join the project.
Minimum team size is 1 maximum team size is 6.
No, unfortunately in order to preserve transparency and ensure all participants respect our online code of conduct, we require that all communication on Launchpad be in English.
Chenelle Bonavito Martinez
Director of Innovation