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Challenge DHS Prize competition: “Where Am I, Where Is My Team?” Indoor Tracking of the Next Generation First Responder
DHS Prize competition: “Where Am I, Where Is My Team?” Indoor Tracking of the Next Generation First Responder
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 330
Posted: Mar 03 2015
Challenge ID: 9933726
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking innovative solutions that can help track the next generation of first responders while they are inside of a structure without having to set up prepositioned towers or other devices.

This is an Ideation Prize competition. The total cash prize payout for this competition is $25,000 (USD) consisting of a first place award of $20,000 (USD) and a second place award of $5,000 (USD). The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker.


NOTE: For the purposes of this document, “Prize competition” refers to an InnoCentive Challenge.

The development of sensors and communications able to perform well across a variety of environments is one of the biggest challenges in first responder indoor tracking. In this Prize competition, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) First Responders Group is seeking innovative methods for real-time, robust indoor tracking of the next generation first responder.  Proposed solutions should be personalized, modular and scalable as well as employ current and emerging technologies, sensors, and techniques. Submissions should consist of a concept/design for a low cost, robust, real-time indoor tracking capability.

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

  • The total cash prize payout for this competition will be $25,000 (USD) consisting of a first place award of $20,000 (USD) and a second place award of $5,000 (USD).  The evaluation by a judging panel, using the criteria and rating scales described below under “Judging,” will be the basis for the awards.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal. 
  • Solvers should consult the Federal Register Notice for this prize competition for additional information.

Submissions to this Prize competition must be received electronically by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 2, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Prize competition 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

The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, First Responders Group (FRG) was established under S&T in November 2010. FRG identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of First Responder capability gaps through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and the acceleration of standards. FRG manages working groups, teams, and other stakeholder outreach efforts in order to better understand the needs and requirements of local, tribal, state, and Federal First Responders, including those on the front line of border protection and transportation security. Additionally, FRG directs all Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and Technology Clearinghouse/Responder Technology activities.


Pursuant to the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (The America COMPETES Act), 15 U.S.C. § 3719, awards for this Prize competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before Prizes are awarded.   Further restrictions apply – see Prize competition Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice for full eligibility details.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

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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