Njord - The Autonomous Ship Challenge is a student driven competition held in Trondheim. We aim to give students the opportunity to challenge themselves and put theory into practice, gaining valuable experience on their journey. Njord’s mission is to inspire students to become world leading engineers in maritime autonomous solutions.


Njord was established in the spring of 2019 by two students, Paal Arthur S. Thorseth and Kaja Juel Solheim, and Innovation Manager Jan Onarheim from NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology. We are currently 7 students working together to host Njord’s first competition, with various roles including project management, international and business relations, economics and technical specifications.

Due to COVID-19, we opted to postpone our plans for a physical competition in Trondheim, and instead initiate a digital challenge. This has created various new obstacles, but we are working hard to complete an innovative simulation framework, making Njord the world's first digital competition of its kind.

We have been working throughout the summer, and we can confidently say that we are ready to challenge students all over the world.

If you are interested in joining our team at Njord, and help us create this amazing opportunity for students, you are welcome to reach out to us. We are now looking for new team members who will be working with marketing, graphic design, business development, technical specifications, software development and international relations. Read more about the positions here.