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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'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.

Recently Completed Challenges:

Read about past prize challenges here.


Terese Manley accepted an award from Topcoder on behalf of NIST PSCR. NIST PSCR was recognized for Public Sector Open Innovation by Topcoder.
NIST PSCR Wins the Public Sector Open Innovation Award from Topcoder (November, 2019)

Current and Upcoming Challenges

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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, visit

View our past challenges, funding amounts, and winners.


Additional Information

Learn about the vehicles in place to support PSCR Prize Challenges.
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Created November 9, 2016, Updated January 17, 2020