During a hackathon aboard a Lithuania Navy ship, LNS Jotvingis, teams from Lithuanian universities and the private sector came up with prototypes for laser communication system for ships at sea, as well as a drone, personnel and human resources management systems.
According to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry press release, 50 inventors from Vilnius and Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and programming and engineering companies designed prototypes and even functioning equipment that could be used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
“An innovative National Defence System is our objective,” said Laurynas Mockaitis, head of Research and Technology Division at the Defence Material Agency under the Defence Ministry.
“Therefore, technology development camps are a great environment where the society can be introduced to the challenges in the National Defence System,” he added.
First place was awarded to a Vilnius Gediminas Technical University team for developing a unique solution for an optical communication system that enables several ships to exchange signals when radio communication isn’t possible.
“We plan to carry out the prototype tests [...] in spring,” said Ivan Suzdalev, member of the winning VGTU-AGAI2 team. “It is a unique product as it enables concurrent optical communications among many ships. As far as we know, there is no analogous product available on the market.”
The second place was awarded to another Vilnius Gediminas Technical University team, VGTU AGAI1, for an at-sea search and rescue unmanned aerial vehicle.
Mentors from the Ministry of Defence, Lithuanian Navy, Enterprise Lithuania, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, and potential investors and other representatives of the start-up ecosystem shared expert advice with the hackathon participants.
“We think that many of them have a real potential to commercialise their products and to compete with similar solutions from foreign manufacturers,” said Roberta Rudokienė, the head of the Start-up Ecosystem Development Unit at Enterprise Lithuania.
DELTA NAVY is the second defence and technology hackathon of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the first one to involve the Lithuanian Navy.
The hackathon was organised by the Ministry of Defence, Lithuanian Navy, Start-up Ecosystem Development Unit at Enterprise Lithuania, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas University of Technology, and others.