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2017 Future of Public Safety Technology 100k Video Series


pscr video challenge

This challenge aimed to inspire Americans everywhere in the development of public safety communications technology of tomorrow with a video series on #PSprizes Crowdsourcing Competitions. Watch the videos below!


A firefighter surrounded by support viewing a virtual building layout

This four phased challenge sought creative approaches to design a video series that could engage science and technology solvers through unique messaging and videos. PSCR sought submissions from innovators to develop video concepts, pitches, and actual videos that encourage a futuristic and inspirational approach to improving public safety communications technology and help first responders save citizen lives. The driving motivation for these videos was to “excite and inform!” using - live-action, animated, CGI, or a mix thereof – cinematography to effectively engage the audience and communicate the research opportunities at PSCR.

The video series includes 13 total videos

  • Two overview videos on the PSCR Open Innovation Accelerator Program
  • 10 key area videos focusing on PSCR's key technology areas: Location-Based Services, Public Safety Mission Critical Voice, Pubic Safety Enhanced User Interface, Public Safety Data Analytics, Public Safety Network and Device Security 
  • A highlight video to recap key areas

The PSCR Innovation Accelerator is spearheading R&D next-generation technology over the next several years and these videos are designed to encourage any person –  team, entrepreneur, inventor, or company – to contribute their ideas and help NIST solve public safety technology challenges.

Challenge Results

During the Initial Challenge Phase, contestants were asked to submit a video concept that will inspire Americans to help develop the public safety technology of tomorrow. The four winning concept creators each received a $500 prize.

Nehemiah Mabry

Hitmakers Media

Adam Sherrett

Levinson Brothers

Using these concepts, all contestants were given the opportunity to pitch their vision for the video series. Norman Invasion was awarded a total of $98,000 for their winning vision and videos. With the help of Tongal, Norman Invasion went on to develop all 13 videos in the series. Tongal provided oversight and guidance to assist Norman Invasion in the production of these videos, resulting in a powerful series that will inform and inspire Americans on the demands of public safety technology. Don't miss the winning videos linked at the top of this page!

To find out more about the challenge and the winners, visit or Keep your eye out for new and upcoming challenges on our Prizes & Challenges page! 

Connect with the PSCR Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing Team 

For questions, email us at psprizes [at] (psprizes[at]nist[dot]gov) or reach us by phone at 303.497.4632
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Created September 18, 2017, Updated December 30, 2022