NASA Challenge: Infographic/Animation to Help Explain Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) Protocol

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $500
  • Entries Received: 29
  • Winner: kiamkmccue

Contest Brief

NASA Challenge: Infographic/Animation to Help Explain Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) Protocol

This is a NASA Challenge to develop graphic elements or animation to help explain the Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) Protocol and how it improves communications. The world’s leading space agencies have agreed that future spacecraft will communicate with Earth and among themselves using a new Solar System Internet (SSI) based on Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) technology. DTN is a protocol suite that extends the terrestrial Internet capabilities into highly stressed data communication environments where the conventional Internet does not work well. These environments are typically subject to frequent disruptions, unidirectional links, possibly long delays and high error rates. The DTN architecture is described in RFC 4838 (attached).

The attached files and links provide information about the Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) Protocol, how it works, and how it can be used.

For this challenge, the benefits of DTN need to be effectively conveyed to individuals at different levels of management and with different technical backgrounds. Pictures or animated graphics can make a huge difference in conveying a concept to those less familiar with it.

Requirements:
- Submissions must provide imagery/graphics that convey what Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) is and how it improves communications in a delay/disruption prone environment.
- Submissions must provide at least one product suitable for inclusion in a slide deck (i.e., message is still conveyed when sized down for presentation), and at least one product suitable for presentation on a poster-board.
- Submissions must relate the use of the DTN protocol to planned NASA missions.
- If selected as a winning submission, high resolution source graphics and/or multimedia files must be provided during handover. These files must be provided in standard, widely available/used formats.

Judging Criteria
- Visual Appeal: Submission is comprised using an attractive color scheme
- Impact: Submission is novel, clever, or memorable.
- Completeness: Submission elements communicate the usefulness and workings of DTN.
- Technically Sufficient: Submission provides the elements needed for both presentation formats and poster formats and are provided in the necessary standard file formats.

There may be multiple prizes awarded on this contest. The main winner will be awarded the full prize amount listed. Additional winners may be offered lesser prize amounts depending on the submission (i.e. a high quality or novel submission that only deals with a portion what DTN can do).

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Employer Feedback

“Kiam M. did an outstanding job of creating an animation to explain our NASA Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol. This was a contest and this animation was selected from 139 entries. Kiam M. was very responsive to feedback and provided an excellent final product.”

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Public Clarification Board

  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 months ago

    Congratulations to Kiam M.! Great job on your animation. Stand by as we evaluate possible runners up. Thanks for everyone's hard work on this challenge. We really appreciate all of your hard work.

    • 5 months ago
  • prdgydsgn
    prdgydsgn
    • 5 months ago

    Dear contest holder,
    The contest you create requires a deep understanding.
    I am trying to research what is DTN.
    Until now it takes time to move on paper or computer, because I always read articles and journals.
    I am interested in your contest.
    But as a contestant I need to say that the prize win you offer is not enough. #increaseprize

    • 5 months ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      Thanks for your interest in the contest. We actually chose to run a contest rather than simply contract this work out to provide an opportunity for those interested in working with NASA and contributing to our work. We would really like to engage the public where we can. We have learned however from past contests that if we set the prize too high, the combination of a higher prize and a NASA contest can generate hundreds to even thousands of entries which can be problematic for our teams to evaluate. We do understand that contests only compensate the winners and thus leave the rest of the participants without compensation. However, that is the nature of a contest. We do try and provide a very favorable review to the winner which we hope can provide a boost to a freelancer's portfolio for their work that they did for NASA.

      • 5 months ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      Our hope is that this provides value to the winner that helps to offset the lower prize. We understand this type of contest will not attract all freelancers and understand that some do not have the time or flexibility to participate. We wish you the best in your endeavors.

      • 5 months ago
  • jlapointe
    jlapointe
    • 5 months ago

    I have submitted a last-minute sketch; hoping this contest will be #extended.

    • 5 months ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      Sorry. The contest is closed.

      • 5 months ago
  • lourdesreynaldo
    lourdesreynaldo
    • 5 months ago

    Good night, please, check a entry 128.

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    6th iteration incoming

    • 5 months ago
  • EdenElements
    EdenElements
    • 5 months ago

    Shams A. Maybe no one taught you that spending power changes in every country for the same sum. Anyway I'm pretty sure that the doctor did not order you to participate.

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    #109 iteration 5 submitted

    • 5 months ago
  • jakirhamid123
    jakirhamid123
    • 5 months ago

    please check my entry #116#117.thanks

    • 5 months ago
  • digisohel
    digisohel
    • 5 months ago

    #113 , #114 , #115 , Please Check

    • 5 months ago
  • imalaminmd2550
    imalaminmd2550
    • 5 months ago

    please sir check my entry#105#106.thanks

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    Are you able to provide feedback as you have done previously?

    • 5 months ago
  • imalaminmd2550
    imalaminmd2550
    • 5 months ago

    please check my entry#96#97.thanks

    • 5 months ago
  • zrules
    zrules
    • 5 months ago

    hii sir i want to ask one question ..do we require to follow only the discussion points mentioned in the attached file or we can write the detailed explanation of how DTN works by ourselves.I was little bit confused about this

    • 5 months ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      You are welcome to write the explanation in your own words. Just make sure that your explanation is accurate and clear.

      • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    #91 4th iteration

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    New update incoming - 05/03/18

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    #75 3rd iteration of your project

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    #73 second iteration of your project.

    • 5 months ago
  • Amar2K
    Amar2K
    • 5 months ago

    Working on it.

    • 5 months ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 months ago

    For all of the Freelancers that are submitting logos, PLEASE READ the contest specification carefully. You will note that we are NOT looking for a logo, but rather graphics, infographics, or animations that explain/communicate how DTN works and is useful.

    • 5 months ago
  • kiamkmccue
    kiamkmccue
    • 5 months ago

    Hi, is there a specific output in terms of frame-rate, resolution, format and bit depth? For smooth animations I work to 60 frames per second with a higher bit-rate as a result. As i will be using vector graphics i will be able to scale the size and frame-rate to your specifications.

    • 5 months ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      The main focus will be communicating the message. For the final output, we will want a nice, clean look. Thanks.

      • 5 months ago
  • liamgimnez
    liamgimnez
    • 5 months ago

    Working on it :)

    • 5 months ago
  • alamin421
    alamin421
    • 5 months ago

    please check my entry #15

    • 5 months ago
  • orviknyc
    orviknyc
    • 6 months ago

    would an abstract explanation do?

    • 6 months ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      As stated in the contest description, we are looking for a graphic or animation that helps to communicate how the DTN protocol works and how it can be useful.

      • 5 months ago
    2. orviknyc
      orviknyc
      • 5 months ago

      o I guess, I had a peak disturbance in my information exchanging overflow buffer

      • 5 months ago
  • mahendrakusuma
    mahendrakusuma
    • 6 months ago

    Please wait. I've done pretty similar work before in here. You could check in here : https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Data-Visualization-993611.html

    • 6 months ago
    1. mahendrakusuma
      mahendrakusuma
      • 6 months ago

      Is this kind of animation you look for?

      • 6 months ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 months ago

      The graphics references are quite impressive. There are elements that could work for this contest. The main objective is to communicate how the DTN protocol works and how it is useful.

      • 5 months ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 6 months ago

    Please read the contest specification carefully. You will note that we are not looking for a logo, but rather graphics, infographics, or animations that explain/communicate how DTN works and is useful.

    • 6 months ago

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