The Tech to Protect Challenge has a total of 182 prizes totaling $2,200,000. Winning solutions will receive cash prizes and national recognition.
The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York is a regional co-sponsor and host of the New York City Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon designed to help emergency responders—including EMS, firefighters and police—accomplish their mission to serve and protect communities nationwide. The contest takes place from Nov. 1-3 and is open to the public.
The event is one of ten in-person hackathons inviting participants to create technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities across the country. Join fellow students, professionals, researchers, designers, and project managers in solving complex technology issues that first responders face daily. Regardless of the area or level of expertise, all are invited to use their talents in advancing technologies and applications for public safety.
Participants will have access to resources—including researchers, scientists, and public safety experts—to kick-start their creativity and design their submissions. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the New York event.
Participants are also encouraged to submit their best and final solution to the online contest by Nov. 15 for a chance to advance to the national event to further develop their technologies and compete for a share of $1,850,000 in cash prizes.
The New York Tech to Protect hackathon will be held from Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Grove School of Engineering in Steinman Hall at 275 Convent Ave. This local event is being organized by CCNY and is sponsored by IBM. To register for the New York Tech to Protect hackathon, please click here.
About the Tech to Protect Challenge
The Tech to Protect Challenge is a national open innovation contest designed to help emergency responders—including EMS, firefighters, and law enforcement—meet their mission to serve and protect communities nationwide with new technology. The program is a federally-funded initiative led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division. The Tech to Protect Challenge is supported by SecondMuse, the global innovation accelerator behind NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, and RedFlash Group, a national public safety consulting firm.
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