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Open Innovation Prize Challenges 

Creativity is critical to solving complex problems, developing new strategies, facilitating innovation, and driving organizational change.

"[PSCR] ... allowed us to get to know a different community of interest, see what the needs are, and see that the technology we’re working on is applicable to a completely different industry.”

- PSCR Prize Challenge Participant (2017)

Open Innovation Overview
Open Innovation Overview

PSCR's Open Innovation program focuses on advancing public safety communications by leveraging the creativity, expertise, and innovative solutions from a diverse array of contributors and collaborators across the globe through financial awards and incentive-based activities. The program looks 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.


You may also watch summary videos from recently completed Challenges. View all past Challenges here.

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2019 Haptics Interfaces for Public Safety Challenge
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2018 Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge
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2018 Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge


Click here to learn more about the Open Innovation program at PSCR

Learn more about PSCR's Open Innovation program.

Click this blue button to view PSCR Open Innovation Contract Vehicles

Learn about the vehicles in place to support PSCR Prize Challenges.

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Contact us to volunteer as a subject matter expert.


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Created November 9, 2016, Updated July 21, 2020