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National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange OpTech Co-Creation Security Challenges

The National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange (NSTIx) is a government-led science, technology and innovation partnership that enables coherent and agile delivery of innovative national security outcomes through a co-ordinated and systematic approach to research and capability development.

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NSTIx has established a government-led network of themed Co-Creation Spaces (CCS). The CCS’ combine the respective power of specialist public and private sector partners in research, capability development and end user requirements. This supports the development of effective, user-driven technology at pace in areas that are critical to national security.

For more information, please see the ‘NSTIx Leaflet’ in digital form. OpTech Co-Creation (OCCS) has engaged with a network of key Community Collaborators, techUK being one of them, to accelerate and leverage access to their existing networks of industry and academic Solution Providers.


Below you can find all previous and live security challenges which are open for techUK members to submit proposals too. 

Challenge Name Challenge Form Deadline Q&A  Status
Bi-Directional Global Logistics - Command, control and status Challenge Form - Bi-Directional Global Logistics - Command, control and status - Issued (2).pdf 8th September 2023  GC2 Q&A v0.1.pdf



Intelligent Surveillance Trigger

Intelligent surveillance trigger v0.7.pdf 1st November 2023 Briefing Call Open

Mapping Industrial Assets in a Complex Environment

Mapping industrial assets v0.7.pdf 20th October 2023 Awaiting Open

 Covert Evidential Footage

Covert Evidential Footage Phase 3 v0.6.pdf 3rd November 2023  Awaiting  Open

Intellectual Property will be managed in accordance with the above Terms and Conditions, so please do take a look before submitting a proposal. 

If you have any questions on any of the security challenges or the Co-Creation network, please contact techUK's Programme Manager for National Security, Raya Tsolova ([email protected]).

For more infromation please contact: 

Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, National Security, techUK

Raya Tsolova is the Programme Manager for National Security at techUK. 

Raya is responsible for all National Security related activities across techUK, specifically in the established programmes of Defence, Cyber Security and Justice & Emergency Services. Raya will leverage relationships with existing stakeholders across the three programmes, and will build new relationships between techUK and key stakeholders who are of interest to member companies. 

Prior to joining techUK, Raya worked in Business Development for an expert network firm within the institutional investment space. Before this Raya spent a year in industry working for a tech start-up in London as part of their Growth team which included the formation and development of a 'Let's Talk Tech' podcast and involvement in London Tech Week. 

Raya has a degree in Politics and International Relations (Bsc Hons) from the University of Bath where she focused primarily on national security and counter-terrorism policies, centreing research on female-led terrorism and specific approaches to justice there. 

Outside of work, Raya's interests include baking, spin classes and true-crime Netflix shows! 

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