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NIST The Future of Public Safety Technology 100k Video Series

Inspire Americans everywhere to help develop the Public Safety communications technology of tomorrow with a Video series

Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $100,000
Type of Challenge: Creative (multimedia & design)
Submission Start: 08/21/2017 12:00 PM ET
Submission End: 09/07/2017 01:00 PM ET



Every few months it feels like there’s some new revolutionary thing that can be done with a smartphone, but smartphones are just one small part of the unprecedented advancements in our lives.  Combine things such as augmented reality displays with the vast amounts of information we’re collecting about our world, and you can help transform technology used by Public Safety and First Responders.  This Prize Challenge will help the PSCR (Public Safety Communications Research) team champion its mission and inspire the American public to make the world a safer place.

Project Objectives: Your challenge with this project is to create a series of seven (7) Videos to explain "Open Innovation" and NIST’s "Public Safety Communications Research Open Innovation Accelerator" to the public.  The videos you create will be an invitation to people and companies across America to participate in crowdsourcing competitions with PSCR while describing the key public safety technology programs at PSCR. Your driving motivation should be to “excite and inform!” with the key guidelines of creating content that feels aspirational, futuristic and inclusive. Be innovative and think creatively to find ways of designing something unique. It’s also important to note that the individual Videos may require slightly different approaches, so pay close attention to each requirement.

For your Concepts and Pitches, think about the method that will be used to communicate PSCR's information, and the inspirational theme or creative presentation of information that might make it unique and engaging. Think about how the Videos might be structured, and how or who might deliver the message. Will you challenge the viewer, or try to pique their curiosity? Will you be flashy, or minimalistic and focused? Answer the questions, “What makes this relevant? What inspires action?”

Deliverables Due: 13 Total Videos

  • 1 Overview Video up to 90 seconds covering the PSCR Open Innovation Accelerator Program
  • 1 Overview Video 30-second cut-down
  • 5 Key Area Videos (detailed below)
  • 5 Key Area 6-second Video Teasers for social platforms
  • 1 Highlight Video to Recap Key Areas

Please see requirements for each video at the Tongal website.

  1. Overview Video of the Open innovation Program and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Open Innovation Accelerator Program
  2. Key Area Summary: Location-Based Services
  3. Key Area Summary: Public Safety Mission Critical Voice
  4. Key Area Summary: Public Safety Enhanced User Interface (UI/UX)
  5. Key Area Summary: Public Safety Analytics
  6. Key Area Summary: Public Safety Network and Device Security
  7. Highlights Video to include the 5 key areas


PHASE 1: CONCEPT: $2,000.00

Congratulations to the 4 winners, each receiving $500 for their Concept creation. The winners are Nehemiah Mabry, Adam Sherrett, Hitmakers Media and Levinson Brothers. On to the Pitch Phase...

PHASE 2: PITCH: $43,000.00

Anyone can compete in the Pitch Phase and the single most compelling Pitch will receive $43,000 to create the Video Series and move onto Phase 3 and 4.


The one (1) Pitch winner will be required to submit Script, Storyboard and Headshots for Approval before moving onto the Video Phase.

PHASE 4: VIDEO PHASE: $55,000.00

The single winner of the Pitch Phase will create 13 Videos based on the approved Script and Storyboards.


Official Rules Following are the Official Rules and Terms of Participation for NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research Division’s (hereinafter “Sponsor”) The Future of Public Safety Technology $100K Video Series. This document on serves as the official record for The Future of Public Safety Technology $100K Video Series Challenge. Official entry is through a third-party site, (hereinafter “Tongal” or “”), and Participants must register there to compete in the challenge and submit an entry. No entries will be accepted through

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  4. Submissions:By participating in this Challenge, the Participant may submit to Challenge Sponsor submission materials (“Submission”), as outlined in the Challenge Official Rules on and Challenge Guidelines specific to this Challenge on By submitting a Submission, the Participant thereby agrees to provide reasonable assistance and additional information concerning the Submission to the Challenge Sponsor, if requested.
    • Submissions cannot contain any profanity, offensive language, nudity or otherwise objectionable material, the determination of which is solely at the discretion of Sponsor.
    • Submissions must not portray Sponsor in a negative way, the determination of which will solely reside with Sponsor.
    • Videos must be in the English language or subtitled.
    • Limit 5 submissions per member, per Phase.
    • In the event that fewer than 25 Pitches are received, the Sponsor reserves the right to repost the contest for up to fourteen (14) days at their discretion.
    • The Sponsor will be entitled to reasonable revisions on the finished video without providing additional compensation.
  5. Intellectual Property: Any applicable intellectual property rights to an entry will remain with the participant. By participating in the prize challenge, the participant is not granting any rights in any patents, pending patent applications, or copyrights related to the technology described in the Entry. However, by submitting an entry, the Participant is granting NIST, NASA, and any parties acting on their behalf certain limited rights as set forth herein. Participants are required to complete an IP License located at com Community Challenge Brief & Assets Page.
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  5. Selection of Winners:Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the Judging Criteria section below. In the case of a tie, the winner(s) will be selected based on the highest votes from the judges.
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Judging Criteria

Originality - 25%

  • You will be asked to provide detailed information of your work regarding the source, the creator and background information as requested by Tongal.
  • Does the video concept or pitch excite and encourage solving Public Safety communications issues?

Inspirational - 25%

  • Does the video concept and pitch invite people to participate in our innovation program and crowd-sourcing competitions?
  • Is it engaging and focused?

Relevancy - 25%

  • Do the video concepts and pitches capture the mission of PSCR?
  • Do they capture the mission of the 5 key areas?

Viability - 25%

  • Do the video concepts and pitches clearly teach what PSCR means by wireless communications standards?
  • Do the videos offer clarity and simplicity of understanding?

How To Enter


To register for the challenge competition:

  • Go to the Tongal website.
  • Register with a username and password.
  • Official entries are accepted only through the Tongal platform on or before 1 PM (local time) August 28, 2017 for Phase 1 and September 15, 2017 for Phase 2.

How do I win?

To be eligible for an award, your design proposal must, at minimum:

  • Satisfy the Judging Criteria requirements
  • Thoughtfully address the Submission Form questions
  • Be scored higher than your competitors!