Launching March 18:
Also Coming Soon:
Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety
Tech to Protect - Coding for Emergency Responders
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
The final match of the competition is underway, where contestants are designing algorithms to de-identify datasets and compete for $150,000 in prizes! Learn more.
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
On March 18, PSCR launches a new prize challenge: Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety. Up to $425,000 will be awarded to winning teams that create haptic interface prototypes that could improve public safety operations. This challenge consists of multiple phases with contestants developing three haptic interface prototypes for use in PSCR provided virtual scenarios and a final haptic interface prototype embedded in firefighter PPE for testing at a real-world firefighter navigation course. For more information, please visit: www.publicsafetyhaptics.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 http://www.techtoprotectchallenge.org/.
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
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.
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