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CHARIoT Challenge - Advancing First Responder Communications

The CHARIoT Challenge is a 4-Phase, dual track competition that offers up to $1.1 million in cash prizes, with a mission to design Augmented Reality interfaces leveraging Internet of Things based sensor streams for first responders.

Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $1.1 million
Type of Challenge: Technology demonstration and hardware; Analytics, visualizations, algorithms
Partner Agencies | Federal: First Responder Network Authority
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Magic Leap; FirstNet, Built with AT&T; MSA Safety; Blueforce Development Corporation
Submission Start: 03/11/2020 01:00 PM ET
Submission End: 11/18/2020 05:00 PM ET

NOTE: There are different submission deadlines for each track in Phase 1.

  • Build Augmented Reality Interfaces for First Responders: Submissions due May 6, 2020 05:00 PM ET
  • Emulate Smart City Data for Disaster Scenarios: Submissions due May 6, 2020 05:00 PM ET

The final phase of the CHARIoT Challenge will end on November 18, 2020.

Description

The CHARIoT Challenge is a dual track competition covering an Augmented Reality Contest and an Internet of Things-based Contest.

Startups, developers, data gurus, engineers, and user experience experts are challenged to develop solutions that deliver first responders augmented reality interfaces leveraging data streams from buildings and city sensors. Solutions must be designed to assist first responders in four (4) emergency scenarios: wildfires, floods, active shooter situations, and tunnel collapses. These interfaces will improve decision-making and resource deployment capabilities for public safety personnel, ensuring America’s first responders have the tools to effectively save lives.

AR contestants are challenged to concept and design augmented reality interfaces for two public safety users: Incident Command Officers and boots-on-the-ground First Responders. IoT contestants will emulate accurate smart city and public safety personal area network data by first determining which sensors that would be most useful for first responders and then creating data transmitters of the sensor data based on the provided emergency scenarios. The top selected data streams, developed by IoT contestants, will serve as a core data infrastructure for high performing AR contestants at a final live event competition at a public safety training center.

Both contests consist of four (4) phases:

Phase

Emulate Smart City Data for Disaster Scenarios

Build Augmented Reality Interfaces for First Responders

Phase 1

Concept Paper

Phase 1 invites all eligible participants to submit a concept paper outlining their proposed team’s solution, approach, capabilities, knowledge and skills for this contest. Participants must document their proposed solution structure for each of the four emergency scenarios, including the list of sensor data they would provide and a corresponding justification for their selection; their methodology for data acquisition and sources; and proposed physical hardware.

Concept & Video

Phase 1 invites all eligible contestants to submit a concept paper and video outlining their team’s proposed solution, approach, capabilities, knowledge and skills for this contest. Contestants must document their proposed augmented reality (AR) interfaces -holograms for incident command perspective and heads-up displays for first responders - for the four emergency scenarios.

Participants: Open to all eligible contestants

Participants: Open to all eligible contestants

Phase 2

Demonstration of Data Streams

Invited contestants from Phase 1 will participate in a challenge kickoff webinar, during which PSCR will describe the four emergency scenarios, the corresponding public safety tasks for each emergency scenario, and how the emulated data would be utilized in Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the Challenge. The rest of Phase 2 is focused on contestants’ creation of the emulated sensor data and demonstrating the transmission of these data streams for at least 2 of the 4 emergency scenarios.

Augmented Reality Interfaces and Public Safety Use Case

Invited contestants from Phase 1 will focus their attention on Magic Leap training and public safety use case training to develop or enhance an augmented reality interface prototype for evaluation. Invited contestants that indicated in their concept papers that they need to be partnered with a public safety agency may have additional webinars or conference calls to connect with a local public safety agency.

Participants: Open to up to 12 contestants

Participants: Open to up to 30 contestants

Phase 3

Evaluation of Data Streams

The IoT data contestants will collaborate with external public safety mentors and advisors to finalize their emulated data for the four emergency scenarios. Contestants will submit a wireless network and their data transmitters pre-configured for the four emergency scenarios for evaluation by the Judging panel.

AR Heads-Up Displays & Holograms

Contestants will create their AR interfaces in collaboration with their public safety agency. The AR interfaces should be designed to be utilized by public safety, with holograms for the incident command perspective and heads-up display for use by first responders. The AR interfaces should be developed using the NIST PSCR provided IoT Disaster Scenario Dataset.

Participants: Open to up to 12 contestants

Participants: Open to up to 30 contestants

Phase 4

Live Competition at a Public Safety Training Center

During this phase, IoT data contestants emulated livestreamed data will be made available to the Augmented Reality developers. In advance of the live competition, each IoT data contestant will have the opportunity to present their emulated data sensors (a minimum of 5 per emergency scenario) to the Augmented Reality developers during a webinar.

Live Competition at a Public Safety Training Center

Phase 4 will consist of an interactive test of augmented reality interfaces at a public safety training center. Contestants will have access to both the NIST PSCR provided dataset and the final IoT contestants’ datasets. The Judging panel will utilize the contestants’ augmented reality interfaces to complete multiple first responder tasks across the four simulated emergency scenarios.

Participants: Open to up to 4 contestants

Participants: Open to up to 15 contestants

Prizes

Total Cash Prize Pool

PSCR and its challenge partners will award prizes valued up to $1,100,000.

Prize Breakdown

Up to $888,000 in prizes are dedicated to the Build Augmented Reality Interfaces for First Responders Contest.

Up to $212,000 in prizes are dedicated to the Emulate Smart City Data for Disaster Scenario Contest.

Non-monetary Prizes

Winning contestants will receive additional prizes and technical mentorship opportunities with key challenge partners from Magic Leap, First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet built with AT&T, MSA Safety and Blueforce Development.

To learn more about the prizes in each contest, please go to the AR or IoT prize page:

Rules

General Submission Rules:

  • Contest submissions can be from an individual or a team(s)
  • Individuals or members of a team may only be selected to participate on one contestant group and cannot participate on multiple teams nor contestant categories
  • Deadline – The submissions must be available for evaluation by the end date noted in the “important Dates” section of these rules
  • No NIST logo – submission(s) and participant(s) must not use NIST’s logo or official seal and must not claim NIST endorsement
  • Each submission must be original, the work of the contestant, and must not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or any other rights of any person or entity
  • It is an express condition of submission and eligibility that each contestant warrants and represents that the contestant’s submission is solely owned by the contestant, that the submission is wholly original with the contestant, and that no other party has any ownership rights or ownership interest in the submission. The participant must disclose if they are subject to any obligation to assign intellectual property rights to parties other than the contest participant, it the participant is licensing or, through any other legal instrument, utilizing intellectual property of another party
  • Each contestant further represents and warrants to NIST that the submission, and any use thereof by NIST shall not: (I) be defamatory or libelous in any manner towards any person, (ii) constitute or result in any misappropriation or other violation of any person’s publicity rights or rights of privacy, or (iii) infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any intellectual property rights, privacy rights or any other rights of any person or entity
  • Each submission must be in English
  • Submissions will not be accepted, evaluated, or considered for award if they contain any matter that, in the sole discretion of NIST, is indecent, obscene, defamatory, libelous, in bad taste, demonstrates a lack of respect for public morals or conduct, promotes discrimination in any form, or which adversely affects the reputation of NIST. NIST shall have the right to remove any content from the Event Website in its sole discretion at any time and for any reason, including, but not limited to, any online comment or posting related to the CHARIoT Challenge
  • IF NIST, in its discretion, finds any submission to be unacceptable, then such submission shall be deemed disqualified

Any applicable intellectual property rights to a submission will remain with the contestant. By participating in the prize challenge, the contestant is not granting any rights in any patents, pending patent applications, or copyrights related to the technology described in the entry.

Download the Official Rules.

Terms and Conditions

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions, please see the Official Rules.

  • The official representative (whether an individual, team, or legal entity) must be 18 or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories
  • In the case of a private entity, the business shall be incorporated in and maintain a place of business in the United States or its territories
  • Contestants may not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment
  • Former NIST PSCR Federal employees or Associates are not eligible to compete in a prize challenge within one year from their exit date
  • NIST Associates are eligible to enter, but may not utilize NIST funding for competing in this challenge, nor are they eligible to receive a cash prize award
  • Individuals currently receiving PSCR funding through a grant or a cooperative agreement are eligible to compete, but may not utilize the previous NIST funding for competing in this challenge
  • Previous and current PSCR prize challenge contestants are eligible to compete
  • Non-NIST Federal employees acting in their personal capacities should consult with their representative agency to determine whether their participation in this competition is permissible
  • A participant shall not be deemed ineligible because the participant consulted with Federal employees or used Federal facilities in preparing its entry to the Challenge if the Federal employees and facilities are made available to all participants on an equitable basis
  • Prior to payment of award, winners will be required to verify eligibility.

Judging Criteria

Emulate Smart City Data for Disaster Scenarios

  • Phase 1: The concept papers and videos will be judged based on approach, strength of concept, methodology for data acquisition, proposed hardware, transmission capabilities, and write up. More information on concept paper content requirements and evaluation criterions can be found here.
  • Phase 2: The Pass/Fail evaluation will be based on the contestants’ ability to demonstrate the transmission of data streams for at least 2 of the 4 emergency scenarios. More information on the phase 2 pass/fail evaluation criteria can be found here.
  • Phase 3: The contestants will be judged based on accuracy of data transmitted, implementation of network protocols, and implementation of data types. More information on Phase 3 judging criteria can be found here.
  • Phase 4: At the live competition, the IoT data contestants will receive scores based on the number of Augmented Reality developers that elect to use their data streams and their corresponding feedback, and their transmitters and data will be tested and evaluated by the subject matter experts and the Judging panel. More information on Phase 4 evaluation criteria can be found here.

Building Augmented Reality Interfaces for First Responders

  • Phase 1: The concept papers and videos will be judged based on approach, strength of concept, augmented reality capabilities, collaboration with first responder, and write up. More information on concept paper content requirements and evaluation criterions can be found here.
  • Phase 2: Contestants will be required to demonstrate a developed or enhanced augmented reality prototype and the public safety use case. More information on the phase 2 evaluation criteria can be found here.
  • Phase 3: The contestants will be tested and evaluated based on augmented reality heads-up display and holograms. More information on Phase 3 judging criteria can be found here.
  • Phase 4: The Judging panel will utilize the contestants’ augmented reality interfaces to complete multiple first responder tasks across the four simulated emergency scenarios. Contestants’ interfaces will be tested and evaluated by the subject matter experts and the Judging panel. More information on Phase 4 evaluation criteria can be found here.

How To Enter

To enter the CHARIoT Challenge, participants must complete three easy steps:

  1. Get Smart & Register Your Team: Read about the challenge phases, problem, emergency scenarios, submission requirements, and eligibility terms to participate in this prize challenge. Complete the registration form to set up your participant profile. Register your team here.
  2. Develop your Concept: Depending on your area of expertise, learn about the Stage 1 submission requirements for the AR submission or IoT submission then build your idea!
  3. Submit your Entry: Log-in and complete your submission on the challenge platform.

The Phase 1 Concept for Emulate Smart City Data for Disaster Scenarios is due on May 6, 2020.

The Phase 1 Concept for Build Augmented Reality Interfaces for First Responders is due on May 6, 2020.

Submission URL: www.chariotchallenge.com launched March 11, 2020.

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email