Tech to Protect Highlighted at U.S. Government Open Innovation Summit

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division present national innovation program at federal gathering in Washington, DC.

On June 14, technology leaders met in the nation’s capital for the U.S. Government Open Innovation Summit, an event designed to facilitate discussion surrounding government open innovation competitions. Leading topics involved the impact and potential of citizen science and prize challenges, including the Tech to Protect Challenge, through crowdsourcing.

On behalf of NIST’s PSCR Division, Deputy Division Chief Ellen Ryan presented PSCR’s open innovation programs, including the Tech to Protect Challenge, and its goal of creating new technology solutions for public safety. Her remarks included how the program will bring together innovators and emergency responders to solve the complex communication issues they face during emergency response operations.

NIST’s PSCR Division is committed to driving advancements in public safety communications with cutting-edge research and development through its Open Innovations Opportunities program. Supported by federal funding and strategic partnerships, PSCR’s team of scientists and researchers work to connect emergency responders with state-of-the-art technologies and broadband networks to improve their vital operations.

Attendees of the event included innovators across the public and private sectors interested in exploring the benefits these unique crowdsourcing opportunities bring to innovation and how they’re transforming the government’s approach to these initiatives.

Want to join Tech to Protect’s growing community of innovators and industry leaders across public safety and technology? Register today to participate in the online contest or to attend a regional codeathon event.