Command Dashboard Integrating Next Gen Technology Challenge

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Are you an innovator? Do you want to help public safety's ability to respond to emergency situations? This is the time to join!
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division is looking to create the future of incident command dashboards, including enhanced user interface/user experience (UI/UX) and the ability to convey situational data to enable better response to emergency situations. Powered by and LMI, the CommanDING Tech Challenge is a four-phase challenge that includes laboratory testing and a live demonstration, giving you the opportunity to develop a state of the art incident command dashboard and compete for a share of the $1,000,000 USD prize purse. For existing solutions, the challenge will also allow you to receive feedback directly from public safety personnel, explore this new market opportunity and receive funding to improve your dashboard as you advance through each challenge phase.


Many incident command (IC) managers do not currently have access to technologies that present a real-time, holistic view of an emergency situation. While there are some existing tools and technology options, it does not address all the needs of public safety groups; some solutions are too costly, while others too cumbersome or difficult to use during an emergency scenario. As a result, many response teams still rely on paper and pens, large pieces of paper to map the area or whiteboards in their vehicles. This challenge seeks new and improved, interactive and intuitive dashboards that IC managers can trust in emergencies.


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Concept Paper

In Phase 1 of the challenge, contestants must write a concept paper and provide images of their prototype describing their dashboard, detailing the improvements to be made in order to achieve the goals of the challenge. Up to 15 contestants will win awards and be invited to Phase 2a and Phase 2b of the challenge.


All winners

  • Invitation to Phases 2a and 2b
  • $5,000 USD for technology development
  • Up to 8 Best-in-Class awards of $2,500 USD each will be awarded for VR, AR, Phone or tablet application, web-based, new technology for public safety use (2 awards), innovative public safety feature.
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Phase 2a: Public Safety Partnership

The invited Contestants will work with a public safety official to provide context for their prototypes. Contestants must submit a description of work signed by their Official Representative and their public safety partner. All Contestants whose submissions are accepted will be awarded an invitation to Phase 2b and $5,000 USD to support their collaboration with the public safety partner.

Phase 2b: Video Demonstration

Contestants will document the progress they have made on their prototypes. Contestants will submit a written update and video demonstration of their prototype. In addition, the Judging Panel will have a short video conference with the Contestants to ask additional questions. Up to 8 Contestants will win awards and be invited to Phase 3 of the challenge.


Phase 2a

  • Up to 15 awards of $5,000 USD to support their collaboration with the public safety partner

Phase 2b

  • Invitation to Phase 3
  • $15,000 USD technology development
  • $5,000 USD to defray the cost for travel to the Phase 3 site
  • A sensor package for testing and developing their prototype valued at $3,000 USD
  • $5,000 USD to support their collaboration with the public safety partner
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Laboratory Testing

For Phase 3, each contestant will be invited to a laboratory setting in Boulder, CO, where judges will test their dashboards running through an emergency scenario using simulated data. Up to 6 teams that are able to meet the minimum requirements will be awarded prize money, with the highest scoring team earning $100,000 USD.


Up to 4 Contestants will be awarded

  • Invitation to Phase 4
  • First place - $100,000 USD
  • Second place - $75,000 USD
  • Third place - $50,000 USD
  • Fourth place - $25,000 USD
  • $5,000 USD to defray the cost for travel to the Phase 4 site
  • $5,000 USD to support their collaboration with the public safety partner

Up to 2 Contestants (fifth and sixth place) will be awarded

  • $10,000 USD for their achievements
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Technology Demonstration

In Phase 4, the top 4 Contestants will demonstrate their dashboards to the judges and public safety community during a live event. Contestants will respond to a staged public safety emergency in a multi-story building. All 4 teams will win a cash prize, with first place earning $75,000 USD. In Phase 4, the judges may also award various Best-in-Class awards, each worth $10,000 USD.


  • First place - $75,000 USD
  • Second place - $50,000 USD
  • Third place - $25,000 USD
  • Fourth place - $12,500 USD
  • Up to 4 awards of $3,375 USD to defray the costs for travel to future PSCR Stakeholder Meeting
  • At least 12 Best-in-Class awards: $10,000 USD awards for categories including VR, AR, Phone or tablet application, Web-based, UI/UX, Public Safety Feature, Innovative feature, Data Handling, Commercial Viability. May award more than one award per category (e.g., UI/UX for each platform)
  • Recognition for achievement through press, website, and webinars
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