The Future of Public Safety Technology
Help inspire the public safety communication technology of tomorrow.

Due September 15th, 2017 - Inspire Americans everywhere to help develop the Public Safety communications technology of tomorrow with a Video series about the #PSprizes Crowdsourcing Competitions being launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and their Open Innovation Accelerator.

Every few months it feels like there’s some new revolutionary thing that you can do with a smartphone – from real-time language translation to 3D image scanning. But smartphones are just one small part of the unprecedented advancements in our lives, and when you combine things like augmented reality displays with the vast amounts of information we’re collecting about our world, it’s hard not to be amazed by the transformative potential that communications technology can have on every aspect of our lives, including something as critical as our safety. However, “potential” is the key word - we still have work to do before we can begin to fully realize it.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is focused on doing that very work. Through their Open Innovation Accelerator, they are spearheading the R&D of next-generation communications technologies that can be used to improve public safety communications technology and help first responders save citizen lives. One of the ways they’re hoping to accomplish their goals and bring cutting-edge advancements to public safety quickly is by turning to the American people, and launching five years of crowdsourcing challenges that will be open to the public: the #PSprizes. Any person – any team, entrepreneur, inventor, or company – will be able to contribute their ideas and help NIST solve public safety technology challenges.

These challenges will revolve around a diverse array of futuristic technologies and uses, ranging from advanced 3D indoor mapping to interconnected first responder communications networks, and cutting-edge sci-fi technologies like immersive virtual reality testing environments. It’s anything and everything you can imagine that could help make critical, life-saving decisions in emergency situations.

At Tongal, they’re strong believers in the wisdom of the crowd, and they’re honored to work with NIST in creating a series of Videos that will explain Open Innovation, #PSprizes and their objectives, and inspire the American public to literally help make the world a safer place.

Your challenge with this project is to create a series of seven Videos, with corresponding social cut-downs, that will explain Open Innovation and NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research Open Innovation Accelerator to the public, while covering each of the key public safety technology programs that are a part of it. On top of that, and, most importantly, your Videos should invite people and companies across America to participate in the crowdsourcing competitions.

Your driving motivation should be “excite and inform!” with the key guidelines of creating content that feels aspirational, futuristic, and inclusive. The visual look and feel is going to be a big part of this, and we’ll be looking for bright and engaging cinematography with a high-tech and polished vibe. Creative use of on-screen CG graphics and text is strongly encouraged.

The NIST team is open to any creative approach - live-action, animated, CGI, or a mix thereof - so long as it can effectively engage the audience and communicate the message within the guidelines listed above. Use that openness to think outside the box and do something really unique. It’s also important to note that each individual Video may require slightly different approach, so pay close attention to their respective requirements.


Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


Pitch Awards (Submissions due 9/15/17)
The single most compelling Pitch will be selected and will receive $43,000 to help create the Video Series.

Pre-Production (Due 10/13/17)
The Pitch Winners from the Pitch Phase will enter the Pre-Production Phase, which means you will be required to submit certain items for Approval before moving onto the Video Phase.

These items are:

Video Awards (Due 11/14/17)
Once the Pre-Production Phase has finished, the winner of the Pitch Phase will create all 13 Videos for the Video series based on their winning Pitch and the approved Script and Storyboards. All 13 Videos are due at the close of the Video Phase. The Winner of the Video Phase will earn $55,000. There are no residuals on this project.

Revisions (Due 12/13/18)
Once the Video Phase has closed, the winning submitters will enter the Revisions Phase. During this phase, filmmakers will perform reasonable edits on their Videos according to the Sponsor’s feedback. Once the Videos are finalized, the Sponsor will rank the Videos and winners will be announced.

Open to US residents that are Tongal community members (it's free to register!), ages 13 and older.

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