Tech to Protect coding contests are designed to inspire participants to connect, collaborate, and create technologies of the future for public safety communications.

Coding contests invite participants to create technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities across the country.

The 10 contests represent technical areas focused on:

Regardless of area or level of expertise, participants are eligible to create a submission for each contest in both the in-person regional codeathons and online contest. Explore the 10 unique contests below to learn more.


Up to $2,200,000 in prizes
Prizes available for online, in-person and National Contest winners to incentivize innovation
and help emergency responders save lives
Total prize purse for all codeathons
Total national prize purse for the Demonstration Round Contest
Total national prize purse for the Seed Round 
and Progress Round Contests
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Contest 001
360 Degree View: A Mobile Dashboard for Your Network Security
Build a centralized mobile data dashboard to keep emergency responders continually aware of the security of their connections.
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Contest 002
No Need To Repeat: Delivering Mission Critical Communications
Strengthen voice communications with push-to-talk technology 
for mission-critical response.
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Contest 003
Looking Under the Hood: Using Augmented Reality to Help Save Trapped Passengers
Use AR to map the safest way to extricate passengers 
in critical vehicle collisions.
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Contest 004
Got You Covered: Mapping LTE Capabilities to Save Lives
Expand mapping capabilities to better assess LTE network coverage.
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Contest 005
Fire Safety in 3D: Incentivizing Homeowners to Create Pre-Incident Plans for Firefighters
Design a prototype app that incentivizes homeowners to upload 3D floor scans in order to create fire safety checklists and pre-incident plans.
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Contest 006
Voice Commands to Virtual Assistants: Hands Free Device Control
Create a customized, voice-activated virtual assistant fit for emergency response.
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Contest 007
Sensor Integration: Monitoring Emergency Responders' Health
Leverage emergency responder sensor and sensor networks to support on-the-job safety.
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Contest 008
No Coverage: Placing Deployable Networks in Emergencies
Develop a diagnostic tool that informs emergency responders on the expected and current coverage and services of LTE deployable networks.
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Contest 009
Making the Case: Proactive Image Protection
Enhance digital security by creating software that detects image tampering and manipulation.
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Contest 010
Organizing Chaos: Calming Catastrophe by Tracking Patient Triage
Improve response for locating, tagging and tracking patients in mass casualty incidents.
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