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Offender Reintegration Toolkit Challenge

Help individuals reentering their communities after incarceration!

Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $22,500
Type of Challenge: Software and apps
Submission Start: 06/01/2015 09:00 AM ET
Submission End: 07/29/2015 11:59 PM ET


Submit an innovative tool or app to help individuals reentering their community after incarceration. Win cash.

Studies show that people leaving the criminal justice system have a higher proportion of substance use and mental disorders than the general population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, invites developers to create an innovative software-based solution, with housing, employment, prevention, treatment and recovery information, to assist offenders and their friends, family, probation officers, jail and prison case workers, and others who help them reintegrate into their communities. No need to create new content—this is a chance to get creative with how to present existing SAMHSA content and other information (see “REQUIREMENTS” below and the Rules tab for more information).

Think you have a $10,000 idea? See the Rules for full requirements and information on how to enter this challenge.

ELIGIBILITY This challenge is open to Individuals (legal U.S. residents and citizens at least 18 years of age at the time of entry); Teams of eligible individuals; and Organizations (up to 100 employees).

REQUIREMENTS Content: You must use the SAMHSA content and information specified in the asset file as the content for your product. You may not substantially alter the meaning, intent, or otherwise misrepresent the content from SAMHSA’s products in whole or in part. The intention of this clause is to ensure that the integrity of the content is maintained.

Audience: Your submission should be developed to assist offenders and their friends, family, probation officers, jail and prison case workers, and others who help them reintegrate into their communities. The use cases provide examples of the audience for whom you are developing the product.

Platforms: Your submission must include a software component such as:

  • a native smartphone or tablet app (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile)
  • a Web app
  • a desktop app (Windows PC, Mac Desktop)
 New and Existing Solutions: Submissions may be newly created or pre-existing products modified to meet the content and requirements of this Challenge.

Supplementary Materials: You must submit a brief demo video of no more than five (5) minutes that demonstrates and explains the product, uploaded to ChallengePost and YouTube. You must also submit at least one (1) image/screenshot of your working product. If you’re among the top five finalists, you may also be asked to participate in a webinar session with the judging panel to explain your product further.

Testing: You must make your product available for no charge to judges for evaluation during the judging period.

Availability: A free version of your product must be made available free of cost to the public for at least one (1) calendar year.


First Prize
Cash Prize Amount: $10000
Ten Thousand Dollars

Second Prize
Cash Prize Amount: $7500
Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars

Third Prize
Cash Prize Amount: $5000
Five Thousand Dollars


Read the Rules on the Federal Register.

Judging Criteria

Quality of Performance
Percentage: 40
Includes how well the Application functions technically, and extent to which the Application responds to the Competition topic and target audience, and how thoroughly and clearly the solution utilizes the required assets.

Quality of User Experience
Percentage: 25
Includes visual aesthetic and ease of use.

Potential Impact
Percentage: 25
Includes the potential impact related to successfully informing target audiences about the resources available to them for employment, housing, healthcare, treatment and recovery.

Feasibility of Use
Percentage: 10
Includes how easily target audiences and members of the public can access and use the Application.

How To Enter

See the full set of Submission Requirements on