CommanDING Tech Challenge: Phase 1

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $7500
  • Entries Received: 31
  • Winner: BrianCottrell

Contest Brief

COMMAND DASHBOARD INTEGRATING NEXT-GEN TECHNOLOGY (CommanDING Tech) CHALLENGE: PHASE 1

For more information about the challenge, see the official rules at Challenge.gov: https://www.challenge.gov/?challenge=commandingtech.

Challenge Timeline: June 06, 2022 - Early March 2023
Total Prizes: $1,000,000 USD

Phase 1 Start: June 06, 2022
Phase 1 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022 at 5:00pm ET

This challenge is run under the America COMPETES Act.
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IMPORTANT LINKS
1. Visit the Challenge Repository that contains the challenge resources that will help guide your participation in this challenge: https://app.box.com/s/izdgds6vuqt4jqsh7za4ili2byfoj6uz
2. Submit the Registration Form to be eligible to participate in the challenge: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/013416b8fbbb46cdb34cf94ead09f1bc
3. Challenge Portal: www.freelancer.com/nist/first-responder-dashboard
4. Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz6JKVLhgIE
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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division is hosting the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology (CommanDING Tech) Challenge, a four-phase competition looking for the best next-generation incident command dashboards. Through improved user interfaces and user experience (UI/UX) and the ability to work with video, sensor, and map data in multi-story buildings, PSCR aims to improve the quality of incident command dashboards and, in turn, improve the effectiveness of emergency response. Contestants will bring new technology to the arena or improve their existing technology throughout the Challenge. The finalists will showcase their dashboards by completing a public safety emergency scenario in real time. Contestants' dashboards can use a variety of technologies for the Challenge, including but not limited to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), web-based, or hand-held devices (phone or tablet). All submissions must be able to integrate and respond to multiple data feeds and have a mobile, intuitive user interface that makes it more efficient and effective for public safety officers to respond to emergency situations. PSCR and its Challenge partners, of whom are listed on Challenge.gov and the Freelancer.com Challenge website, will award prizes valued at up to $1,000,000 USD to Contestants that meet the eligibility requirements.

Emergency situations are complicated, time-sensitive, and demanding events. An effective public safety response requires naming a commander, allocating resources, mapping the area of impact, tracking individuals and objects, identifying areas of concern, and more. Historically, incident responders have used paper and pen to track and manage the response. Dashboards provide an all-encompassing view of the emergency allowing incident commanders to visualize the space, track public safety officers, recognize movement of other people and objects, identify important events/location (e.g., source of explosion or blocked stairways, officer down or change in vital signs).Through the CommanDING Tech Challenge, PSCR is hoping to improve the quality and usability of incident command dashboards. The Challenge is looking to improve existing dashboards and also provides an opportunity for new entries into the field. PSCR is looking for dashboards that improve public safety officials’ ability to respond to emergencies through effective user interfaces and user experiences, the ability to work with data input from sensors and video streams, and the ability to locate both stationary and mobile sensors in 3-D space. This Challenge will bring together first responders, video analytics professionals, public safety experts, and Contestants to advance the quality and availability of Incident Command Dashboards for public safety.

PHASE 1
Contestants must submit a concept paper and images or videos of their dashboards. They must describe their current dashboard and the improvements they will make to achieve the goals of the Challenge, including ingesting, displaying, and responding to stationary and wearable sensor data, closed-circuit television (CCTV) video streams, incorporating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scans and building maps, and delivering an intuitive user interface/user experience (UI/UX) for public safety officials.

PHASE 2a
Invited Contestants will learn about the value of working with public safety officials to provide context for their prototypes. If Contestants do not already have a partnership, they will be provided a list of available public safety officials. Contestants must submit a description of work signed by their Official Representative and their public safety partner.

PHASE 2b
Invited Contestants will document the progress they have made on their prototypes. Contestants will submit a written update and a video demonstration of the prototype. In addition, the Judging Panel will have a short video conference with the Contestants to ask additional questions.

PHASE 3
The Judging Panel will test each Contestant’s dashboard at a Department of Commerce laboratory space in Boulder, Colorado, by using the prototype to execute an emergency response using simulated data.

PHASE 4
The Phase 4 demonstration event is a live, staged, public safety emergency in a multi-story building where Contestants will showcase their dashboard's capabilities.

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TIMELINE
Phase 1 Start: June 06, 2022
Phase 1 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022 at 5pm ET
Phase 1 Award Notification: August 16, 2022

Phase 2 Start-Award Notification: August 17-November 8, 2022
Phase 3 Start-Award Notification: November 9-January 17, 2023
Phase 4 Start-Award Notification: January 18-Early April 2023

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PRIZES
- PHASE 1: Up to 15 Contestants that meet the eligibility requirements will be awarded invitations to compete in Phase 2a and receive technology development awards of $5,000. In addition, up to 8 best-in-class awards of $2,500 will be awarded.
- PHASE 2a: All invited Contestants will be awarded invitations to compete in Phase 2b and $5,000 to support their collaboration with the public safety partner.
- PHASE 2b: Up to 8 Contestants will be awarded invitations to compete in Phase 3, technology development awards of $15,000, $5,000 to support their collaboration with the public safety partner, $5,000 to defray the cost for travel awards to the Phase 3 site, and a sensor package to use in developing their dashboard’s capabilities.
- PHASE 3: Up to 6 Contestants will be awarded prizes from a $270,000 prize purse; NIST will also award each of the top 4 Contestants $5,000 to support their collaboration with the public safety partner and $5,000 to defray the cost of travel to the Phase 4 site. The top 4 Contestants will be awarded invitations to continue on to Phase 4.
- PHASE 4: Phase 4 has a total prize purse of $162,500 for the ranked top four Winners. Twelve best-in-class awards of $10,000 each will be awarded to Contestants that achieve excellence in categories of importance to the challenge. An additional $3,375 will be awarded to each Contestant to defray the costs of travel to a future PSCR Stakeholder Meeting to demonstrate their technology.

Throughout the Challenge, any prize funds that are available in Phases 1 through 3 but are not awarded to any Contestants during those Phases will be moved forward and awarded in Phase 4. If needed, prior to the start of Phase 4, a rules modification will occur to indicate the new prize amounts.

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For more information about the challenge, see the official rules at Challenge.gov: https://www.challenge.gov/?challenge=commandingtech
And visit the Challenge Repository that contains the challenge resources that will help guide your participation in this challenge: https://app.box.com/s/izdgds6vuqt4jqsh7za4ili2byfoj6uz

By participating in this challenge you are accepting the CommanDING Tech Challenge User Agreement: https://app.box.com/file/966626189402?s=dtjb4hybr77nls9z8aqjl1fsg8qzh5uh

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Public Clarification Board

  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Contest Holder
    • 1 day ago

    We are excited to announce the winners of Phase 1 of the CommanDING Tech Challenge!

    The contestants participated in the competition to design innovative, next-gen incident command dashboards to help first responders save lives during emergency scenarios.

    Congratulations to the winners advancing to Phases 2a and 2b as they partner with public safety to advance their prototypes.

    Join us in congratulating the winners of Phase 1 and receiving $5,000 USD technology development prize each:

    3AM Innovations
    Apollo AI
    BadVR Inc.
    Cloud Responder
    Emergency Ventures Inc.
    Engineering Dynamics
    Headwall VR
    JANUS Research Group
    Red Volta, LLC
    Smart Firefighting
    Smart Response Technologies Inc.
    Televerse Robot, LLC
    Three Firefighters, LLC
    TurnRock Labs
    VALOARUS

    • 1 day ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 1 day ago

      Best-in-Class Awards receiving $2,500 USD for each category won:
      BadVR Inc. (Best-in-Class Innovative Public Safety Feature and Best-in-Class Technology - AR Application)
      Cloud Responder (Best-in-Class Technology - Web-based dashboard)
      Headwall VR (Best-in-Class Technology - VR Application)
      Smart Firefighting (Best-in-Class Technology - phone or tablet application)
      TurnRock Labs (Best-in-Class Technology - Adaption of Existing Technology for Public Safety Use)
      Polaron World Engine (Best-in-Class Technology - Adaption of Existing Technology for Public Safety Use)

      We thank everyone who has joined the challenge and look forward to seeing the development of the prototypes in Phase 2. Stay tuned!

      • 1 day ago
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    We have received feedback on the process to submit the Phase 1 submissions to the freelancer.com challenge website. Based on the feedback, we have added a "How to submit on freelancer.com" section to the Phase 1 Submission Guidelines in the Challenge Repository.

    Phase 1 Submission Guidelines: https://app.box.com/file/965119282379?s=9ravh3jriz0w6cbbvzdmwputpjy1x8z0

    Please go through the section in advance of the submission deadline to make sure that your submission is correctly submitted to the website. If you still encounter issues at the time of the submission deadline, you may send your PDF submission to nist@freelancer.com and we will work with you to troubleshoot the freelancer.com submission.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    Watch this special interview conducted by Scott Ledgerwood, UI/UX Portfolio Lead at NIST PSCR, interviewing Captain Jake Gillanders, Poulsbo Fire Department and Executive Director of Empact Northwest. Scott and Captain Gillanders discussed the current challenges first responders face during emergency response, the importance of incident command, and how the CommanDING Tech Challenge can help resolve these challenges.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80jKIsUOq0E&t

    • 3 weeks ago
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Contest Holder
    • 4 weeks ago

    Hello everyone,
    We have added a document containing the preliminary schema for the sensor data in the Challenge Repository. Some specific details of the sensor data may change slightly in phases 2, 3, and 4, but any deviations from this document will be noted in the more detailed documentation provided in those future phases. For example, first responder location is simplified to have no Z axis value for positional data because we won’t be using multi-story environments initially in simulations and demos.

    "10. Sensor Data Schema - CommanDING Tech Challenge" - https://app.box.com/s/fgfbe8mco4vmvxxnc0voeczpyddfssij

    If you have any questions please reach out here or at nist@freelancer.com.

    • 4 weeks ago
  • deviaminggawati
    deviaminggawati
    • 1 month ago

    Can we see the current design dashboard?

    • 1 month ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Devia, the Challenge Team does not have a dashboard available. The goal of this challenge is to improve the quality of incident command dashboards by incentivizing the crowd to build new dashboards or improve existing ones.

      • 1 month ago
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Hello Everyone,

    This is a reminder that there is one month left remaining to submit your concept papers. The deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2022 at 5:00PM ET. 

    We encourage you to plan adequate time to complete the required submission steps. For participants that are able to submit early, the Challenge Team will review entries that are submitted at least 2 weeks in advance for completeness and will provide notification if requirements are not met. 

    Please reach out if you have any questions.

    • 1 month ago
  • shanoudi
    shanoudi
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, I applied to phase I over the weekend. when do I expect to access the data?

    • 1 month ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Samer, the data will be shared with Contestants at the launch of Phase 2. Please view the document "4. Challenge Data Sources - CommanDING Tech Challenge.pdf" located in the Challenge Repository for more information about the data sources and when the Contestants will have access to them.

      Challenge Repository: https://app.box.com/s/izdgds6vuqt4jqsh7za4ili2byfoj6uz

      • 1 month ago
    2. shanoudi
      shanoudi
      • 1 month ago

      Thanks, that was helpful.

      • 1 month ago
  • deviaminggawati
    deviaminggawati
    • 2 months ago

    Hi, can I watch the explanation on Webinar?

    • 2 months ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hi Devia, the link to the webinar can be found in the Description tab (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz6JKVLhgIE)

      • 2 months ago
    2. deviaminggawati
      deviaminggawati
      • 1 month ago

      Thanks. I plan to join with my team.

      • 1 month ago
  • sasaamragy
    sasaamragy
    • 2 months ago

    Hello, does the team leader have to be from one of the countries allowed to participate, or can he be just a member of the team and not the leader? please explain.

    • 2 months ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hi Sara, can you please clarify whether you are referring to the Official Representative?

      • 2 months ago
  • SolutionsSP
    SolutionsSP
    • 2 months ago

    This is something beautiful, but it is another time wasting contest by freelancer.com which has a main rule that a participant should be a "U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States". I believe you should put this on the top of the contest description so no one will waste the time looking for possibilities and dreaming of the $1m.

    • 2 months ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Thank you for the feedback Ezzeddin - we have added a note at the top of the description stating that the challenge is run under the America COMPETES Act.

      • 2 months ago
    2. electrolime
      electrolime
      • 2 months ago

      It's a total of one million in prizes... it doesn't go to one person.

      • 2 months ago
  • Dofrans
    Dofrans
    • 2 months ago

    Is it allowed if the team member is not a U.S citizen?

    • 2 months ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hi Dodi, yes it is allowed. Please review the entire eligibility requirements in the Challenge Rules to understand all the requirements that apply to this challenge.

      • 2 months ago
  • farhankha4548
    farhankha4548
    • 2 months ago

    Respected CH! Is it only for Americans? I am from Pakistan???

    • 2 months ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hello Afaq, thank you for your question. This challenge requires those who enter as individuals to be US citizens or Permanent Residents under the America COMPETES Act. You are welcome to join this challenge as a Team as long as one member of your team meets the eligibility definition of Individual. You must also ensure to meet the rest of the eligibility requirements outlined in the Challenge Rules.

      • 2 months ago
  • superowid
    superowid
    • 2 months ago

    Just want to say wow! I hope there's a challenge for graphic designer for $1m. LoL. :)

    • 2 months ago

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