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Tech to Protect Challenge National Award Event

Tech to Protect Challenge from NIST PSCR

Join NIST's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division on May 1 for a virtual awards ceremony recognizing the top 25 contestants of its Tech to Protect prize challenge competition. This online event will take place Friday, May 1, 2020 from 8:00am - 5:30pm MT. Register now!

View the full agenda.


Launched in April 2019, the Tech to Protect Challenge invited innovators and members of the public safety community from across the country to team up and create prototype software solutions for emergency responders. In the fall of 2019 ten regional codeathons were hosted to encourage participants and public safety to team up in person and work collaboratively. Over 230 contestants and over 50 public safety, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and PSCR representatives participated. As a result, 77 new software prototypes were created and assessed by judge panels, which included software experts, public safety leaders, and NIST PSCR researchers.

In November of 2019, participants were encouraged to share their current work – having had the opportunity to make improvements and address recommendations from public safety. A total of 62 software prototypes were entered into the online contest having made significant improvements following the in-person events. From the field of 62, the top 25 have been invited to the National Award Event. NIST PSCR is excited to welcome them, and anyone interested in viewing their work to the National Award Event.

View national award event finalists here.

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The Tech to Protect Challenge is an open innovation opportunity led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division. Taking place throughout 2019 in ten different cities across the country, the challenge features ten contests which allow for on-line and in-person participation. Each contest is designed to develop new, creative technologies to address issues faced by fire, law enforcement and EMS emergency responders.

Created April 3, 2020, Updated April 29, 2020