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Public Safety Communications Research Division Open Innovation Opportunity Support Services Presolicitation Conference

Who should attend: Industry representatives interested in learning more about this procurement, interested in finding additional partners, and considering submitting a quotation in response to the anticipated official solicitation.

This Presolicitation Conference is an event held by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Acquisition Management Division (AMD) and Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division to present the plans for current and future procurements to representatives from industry.

This event will be held on May 3, 2018 at the NIST Boulder, CO campus.  Per FBO notice number SB1341-18-DRFP-0007, NIST has posted Draft Request for Quotation (RFQ) documents in advance of the event, offering potential interested parties to review and provide comments/questions on the anticipated solicitation.

This event is an opportunity for the government to expresses its goals and provide details on the anticipated acquisition, and an opportunity for potential interested vendors to network and explore teaming opportunities. This event is also designed to provide NIST a forum to respond to interested parties’ questions regarding the Draft RFQ (which must be submitted prior to April 20, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern, as described in the FBO Notice).

Goals of the event:

  • Communicate program requirements and schedule
  • Respond to select questions from Industry submitted in response to the Draft Solicitation documents
  • Provide updates to Industry on future program developments and acquisitions
  • Create a venue for Industry representatives to interact, team, and partner in regards to fulfilling the requirements outlined within the acquisition

How to participate:

Pre-register via this page. Select if you are interested in attending in person at the event of remotely thought a webinar.

Attendance at the Industry Posters and Partnering Session is optional, if there are fewer than 20 participants that express interest the session will be cancelled. Please consider if you are able to participate in the Industry Posters and Partnering Session and indicate your commitment to attend and display your poster in your registration. If you are unable to attend, but would like to include a poster at the session, we will be able to digitally include your poster on a monitor at the event. You can send you final poster to psprizes [at] (psprizes[at]nist[dot]gov) and we will ensure your poster is included in the session.

Recommendations for the Industry Poster and Partnering Session: 

Include your organization’s name, brand, logo, capabilities, accomplishments, and other related information. If possible bring two team members to cover the poster and walk around the event, and trade off responsibilities to increase the opportunity of meeting potential partners. Posters should be no larger than 36 x 48 inches and able to be pinned, tapped or attached to poster board.

Agenda: (All times are in Mountain Time)

8:00 – 8:30am                 Check In: All attendees must pre-register to ensure all guests can pass through NIST security. Please register by the deadline. Please arrive before 8:30 am


8:30 – 8:40 am                Welcome Remarks: Keith Bubar, NIST AMD Contracting Officer


8:40 – 8:50am                 Small Business’ contribution to NIST’s Mission: Jo-Lynn Davis, NIST AMD Policy and Small Business Advocate


8:50 – 9:00am                 Introduction Remarks for the Director of NIST - Marla L. Dowell, Director, NIST Boulder Laboratory


9:00 – 9:30am                 The Importance of Open Innovation at NIST – Prizes, Challenges, and Tech Transfer: Walt Copan, Director of NIST


9:30 – 10:00am               Open Innovation at PSCR and How it creates opportunities to achieve our Mission: Dereck Orr , NIST PSCR Program Manager


10:00 – 10:30am             OIO Support Services Acquisition Overview: Panel Discussion moderated by Lynda Horton, NIST AMD Contracting Officer, with Ellen Ryan, NIST PSCR Deputy Director & Craig Connelly, NIST PSCR Prize & Challenge Specialist


10:30 – 11:00am             The First Call Order: Overview of the Automated Stream Analytics for Public Safety (ASAPS) Challenge: John Garofolo, NIST PSCR Data & Analytics Portfolio Lead


11:00 – 11:15am             Process for submitting questions and how answers will be posted: Keith Bubar, NIST AMD Contracting Officer (note: no live Q&A will be part of this event)


11:15 – 11:30am             Closing Remarks & Transition


11:30 – 12:30pm             Industry Posters and Partnering Session: Poster session will include an opportunity for all industry representatives to hang a poster, stand by it, and interact with all those attending the session. The goal of this session is to provide an opportunity for partnering and collaboration with industry partners who may have not had a chance to interact before.


12:30 – 1:00pm               Break Down, Pack Up, Departure: all guests must depart by 1:00pm


Created April 3, 2018, Updated December 2, 2019