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.
Winning entry from the NIST Prize Competition: "The Future of Public Safety Technology 100k Video Series" on the topic of the open innovation program. Video produced for NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program by The Norman Invasion & Tongal.
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.
Location Based Services
Z-axis, 3-D Indoor mapping,
proximity services, centimeter
level accuracy, & more.
Public Safety Mission Critical Voice
Direct mode, push-to-talk, &
developing other land mobile
radio functionality to LTE devices.
User Interface/ User Experience
Measurements & standards in
virtual reality, augmented reality
& immersive universe & devices.
Public Safety Analytics
Enhanced public safety-focused
data analytics, integrating disparate
data from a myriad sources & formats.
Identity Credential & Access
Management (ICAM), device security
& wearables, mobile application
security, secure mobile networks
& Cybersecurity methods
Current and Upcoming Challenges
Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge
Have you designed and built drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS)? Are you interested in cash prizes? If so, then join us for this exciting UAS (unmanned aerial systems) prize competition using your ingenuity and hardware build expertise to create a concept for a UAS prototype. The result of this challenge will support the public safety community and its stakeholders. Learn more.
First Responder Virtual Reality Heads-up Display Navigation Challenge
Join us for this exciting VR prize competition using your ingenuity, software coding and VR expertise to create a concept for a heads-up display (HUD) with unimpeded visual aids. The result of the Challenge will support the public safety community and its stakeholders. This 4-stage challenge will offer prize awards up to $125,000 for the top 7 designs. Learn more.
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.