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Challenge USSOCOM - Reducing Digital Optics Latency
USSOCOM - Reducing Digital Optics Latency
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 161
Posted: Sep 17 2014
Challenge ID: 9933548
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U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is seeking concepts and ideas for reduced-latency digital night vision optic systems.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


USSOCOM is seeking to significantly reduce the latency associated with digital night vision optic systems and is soliciting concepts and ideas to accomplish this goal as part of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project.  Current prototype digital designs have more data latency than comparable analog systems and are unusable in the field.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total guaranteed payout will be $12,500, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000.  In addition, an extra $12,500 in award money is available for truly exceptional submissions.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, a Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 17-OCT-2014.  Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

About the Seeker

US Special Operations Command has a mission to provide trained, equipped, ready, and regionally aligned special operations forces (SOF) in support of Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCCs), and through unified action, conduct sustained special operations to eliminate threats to U.S. interests and protect the American people.  On any given day, our SOF are deployed in over 75 countries, in many cases working side-by-side with multiple interagency and international partners.  Our unique contribution to national security emanates from our superb SOF warriors, who time and time again demonstrate their dedication to duty, tenacity, and unwavering commitment to the security of our Nation.  Since 9/11, our operations, ranging from peacetime engagement and building partner capacity, to direct action raids and irregular warfare, have contributed significantly to not only our own National Security, but global stability at large.


Participants must certify they do not have identical or essentially equivalent work funded by another Federal agency.

Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate. A Federal employee acting outside the scope of his or her employment should consult his or her ethics official before participating in the Challenge.

USSOCOM employees and support contractors, their spouses, dependents, and household members are not eligible to participate.

This Challenge is open to all others not excluded above.

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In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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