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 that interfaces leveraging Internet of Things based sensor streams for first responders.
Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology
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: This challenge is no longer accepting new submissions. For the finalists, their submission for the last phase of the CHARIoT Challenge will be on November 16, 2020.
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 live evaluation at a public safety training center.
Both contests consist of four (4) phases:
Total Cash Prize Pool
PSCR and its challenge partners will award prizes valued up to $1,100,000.
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.
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: • AR Prizes Information • IoT Prizes Information
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.
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 evaluation, 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 completed three easy steps:
- Get Smart & Registered Their Team: They read about the challenge phases, problem, emergency scenarios, submission requirements, and eligibility terms to participate in this prize challenge. Completed the registration form to set up your participant profile. Registered your team here.
- Developed your Concept: Depending on their area of expertise, learn about the Stage 1 submission requirements for the AR submission or IoT submission then built their idea!
- Submitted your Entry: Logged in and completed their submission on the challenge platform.
The Phase 1 Concept for Emulate Smart City Data for Disaster Scenarios was due on May 6, 2020.
The Phase 1 Concept for Build Augmented Reality Interfaces for First Responders was 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