Match #2 Launched January 11th
Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety
Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety
Tech to Protect - Coding for Emergency Responders
Creativity is critical to solving complex problems, developing new strategies, facilitating
Our mission is to create a framework in which we can work with individuals, companies, organizations, and academic institutes in a rapid, more collaborative ways than traditional engagements. Our Open Innovation program leverages financial awards and incentive-based activities to solve discrete and well defined problems surrounding: Crowdsourcing, Prize & Challenge Competitions, Hack-a-thons, Data Jams, Ideation, Collaborative Iteration & Design, and Team-building Activities.
One of the barriers for drone use in the public safety realm is payload versus flight time. In 2018, NIST launched the Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge to help address this challenge.
Open Innovation focuses on outcomes and results, not on specific requirements. The problem solvers determine the “how” and the “solution” by using their creativity to reach the desired goal. The following key focus areas are targeted for innovation and technological leaps.
Current and Upcoming Challenges
Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge
Are you a data scientist with coding skills? Do you want to be challenged? Then join this exciting de-identification prize competition where participants will implement their code, create synthetic data and empirically evaluate their solutions on real data sets. The “Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge” will entail a sequence of three marathon matches run on the Topcoder platform to collect, normalize, implement and compare differentially private algorithms with the prospect of advancing research in the field of Differential Privacy. If you didn’t participate in the Unlinkable Data Challenge, no problem. If you’re not a differential privacy expert, no problem. Join, learn, and compete for $150,000 in prizes! Visit Topcoder for full challenge details, and to apply.
Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety Challenge
While on the go, first responders need to access information securely without bulky external hardware. The Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) used in mobile devices has characteristics that make a robust storage device for critical data. This challenge will explore the possibilities and prove the UICC or SIM card can be used as a secure storage container for application credentials. Prize purse up to $100,000!
Stay tuned — more information about the challenge and its sponsors will be posted here in Spring 2019!
Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety Challenge
PSCR will soon invite you to research the impact and relevancy of haptic interfaces for first responders. In this challenge, competitors will create a haptic interface prototype and embed their solution in a first responder's personal protective equipment (PPE) to improve operations in both a virtual and real-world scenario. PSCR anticipates awarding up to $375,000 in prizes; more information will be provided in Spring 2019! While you wait for the challenge to launch, talk to us about getting involved as haptic providers, developers, solvers, and subject matter experts at email@example.com.
Tech to Protect Challenge
Hosted in 10 cities across the U.S., the Tech to Protect Challenge is a national innovation contest that will bring together a diverse and talented community of collaborators to develop technology solutions to help first responders improve the safety of communities.
Join fellow researchers, entrepreneurs, technologists, students, programmers, designers, and public safety experts to create solutions across critical technical areas of public safety communications. Design new applications and tools to support secure communications, location-based services, public safety data analytics, mission-critical voice, UI/UX and more. Winning solutions will receive cash prizes and national recognition. For more information and to receive updates about the launch in March 2019, visit Tech to Protect website!
In addition, during FY2019, PSCR anticipates launching a range of prize challenges on topics including:
- Public Safety Data Analytics
- 3D Indoor Tracking
- PerfLoc: Performance Evaluation of Smartphone Indoor Localization Apps II
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight and Payload II
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The Unlinkable Data Challenge
This was an Ideation challenge where contestants proposed a new or improved method to protect privacy and unlink data using differential privacy techniques. The results of this challenge influenced the design of the second data contest, namely the Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge. The Unlinkable Data Challenge evaluated concept papers describing a mechanism to enable the protection of personally identifiable information while maintaining a dataset's utility for analysis. Learn more.
Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge
A prize competition that elicited the design and build of drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) prototypes to help address the barrier for UAS' used in a public safety realm of payload versus flight time. Learn more.
First Responder Virtual Reality Heads-up Display Navigation Challenge
An exciting virtual reality (VR) prize competition that asked participants to create a concept for a heads-up display (HUD) with unimpeded visual aids using their ingenuity, software coding and VR expertise. Learn more.
The Future of Public Safety Technology 100k Video Series
Public safety communications technology of tomorrow video series Crowdsourcing Competition. Learn more about this challenge. Watch the entire video series!
Virtual Public Safety Test Environment Challenge
A Crowdsourcing Competition for ideas and designs for measurement environments that use immersive virtual reality tools in conjunction with physical spaces to simulate first responder scenarios for accurate and repeatable testing of new first responder interfaces and technologies. Learn more.
If this sounds interesting and you have the skills and talent to solve problems in these areas, connect with the PSCR Open Innovation team by subscribing to our email list for news and alerts.
Follow PSCR on Challenge.gov. For questions, email us at PSprizes@nist.gov.