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Category Archives: Technology

NIST Challenge Creates Breakthrough in First Responders Technology

The time has come for the $50,000 NIST Virtual Public Safety Test Environment Challenge – we have the winners! It’s been a whirlwind of a competition. In just 60 short days, a community came together around a very technical and … Continue reading

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Q&A: JUMP Innovation Series Helps Innovator Take Giant Leap With Invention

No organization has all of the answers, and the next big idea could be germinating out among the American public. With this understanding, the Department of Energy launched a new crowdsourcing campaign that teams government labs with industry partners in … Continue reading

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Space Poop Challenge Winner’s Solution May End Up in Space Soon

The winner of a recent NASA challenge may see his invention (or parts of it) launched into space on a mission in the next few years. “I guess it was all pretty abstract before, but it does look like they … Continue reading

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Finalists Announced in NASA’s Space Robotics Challenge

When astronauts finally land on the surface of Mars, they may not be alone. They may bring with them some associates who stand more than six feet tall, weigh about 300 pounds and have programmed souls. This past summer NASA … Continue reading

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Challenge Winners Look to Root Out Contamination at Food Processing Plants

Some prize competitions seek to solve problems to benefit the public; others may spur industry through the creation of new businesses. And some do both. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) I-FAST competition sought to bring fundamental academic research to … Continue reading

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FTC Announces Internet of Things Challenge to Combat Security Vulnerabilities in Home Devices

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is challenging the public to create an innovative tool that will help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities in the software of home devices connected to the Internet of Things. The agency is … Continue reading

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Q&A: Company Finds Validation, New Partners in Hearing Loss Challenge

Noise-induced hearing loss is prevelant among workers in industries from manufacturing to the military, where it is the most common disability among veterans. Each year, more than 20 million workers are exposed to noise levels that can cause irreparable damage … Continue reading

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Q&A: Military Wants Public’s Ideas for Improved ChemBio Suit

Government agencies organize prize competitions to capture ideas from the general public on important issues. These competitions are anything but one-offs and often serve a higher calling and have impacts that last long after the submission deadline. PROOF: The ChemBio Suit … Continue reading

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Global Challenge Battles Forced Labor

When you sign on to help with a challenge, you open yourself up to a variety of people, opportunities and interest areas. Sometimes, you may be asked to develop a fun, educational app or design a multimedia project. Other times, … Continue reading

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