To maximize opportunities for education and entrepreneurship across a diverse set of public safety subjects, has challenges, prizes, and competitions that encourage the application of public safety data in meaningful ways. Looking for different safety challenges? Start here to learn more! Or, tell us your story!

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The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) are launching a collaborative Data Visualization Challenge in support of the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Digital Strategy. This Challenge seeks data visualizations capable of expanding the use and understanding of publicly available criminal justice data.

This is a two-phase Challenge. Successful Phase I (Ideation) contestants will move to Phase II (Creation). Twenty-five thousand dollars in prize money will be awarded to winners of the Creation phase of the competition. Submission requirements, judging criteria, and deadlines are described at the challenge web site.

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Advancing Breakthroughs in Foodborne Pathogen Detection

The FDA is calling on America’s innovators to submit concepts applying cutting-edge techniques to achieve revolutionary improvements in the speed of the FDA’s detection methods for Salmonella in produce.

US Department of Transportation Data Innovation Challenge

Do you have what it takes to create innovative tools to address our nation’s transportation challenges or revolutionize the way Americans see and understand the transportation system they use every day?  Your challenge is to create a tool to address systemic challenges by accessing publicly-available federal and/or local DOT datasets.

The National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) seek to promote the development and evaluation of criminal justice software applications (apps) that are compatible with Ultra-High-Speed (UHS) networks (100 Mbps symmetrical up to 1 Gbps symmetrical). The National Institute of Justice offers this challenge as a call to design and create UHS-compatible apps that measurably improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of criminal justice and public safety services and operation.

This National Institute of Justice Challenge seeks innovative solutions to providing mission-critical voice communications services for law enforcement and other public safety responders within the LTE environment using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology, which are achievable within five years of the challenge prize being awarded. The proposed solution should ensure mission-critical voice communications in all environments (e.g., urban, rural, wilderness) and in the face of communications infrastructure challenges, such as (1) where there is no terrestrial communications infrastructure; (2) where the existing infrastructure has been compromised or damaged; and (3) confined areas (e.g., subways, buildings, underground garages).

USDA’s first-ever Drought Code Sprint is a call to developers across the country to use publicly available government information to help farmers, ranchers, and others gain quick and reliable “one-click” access to information on drought conditions and Federal drought relief.

 Winner Announced!

Drunk driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States, killing 10,228 in 2010 and injuring about 345,000 more. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is working to eliminate this violent crime and works to raise awareness of this issue around the end of the year when drunk driving is, sadly, more common. We do this primarily through our Tie One on for Safety public awareness program.

This year, we want you to provide an interesting, engaging, and compelling look at government drunk driving statistics in support of the program. The winner of this Challenge will be publicly recognized along with their infographic in MADD’s national Tie One on for Safety press release, issued in November 2012.

 Winner Announced!

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and other federal agencies have funded research to develop materials, performance standards, and compliance testing methods to help ensure that body armor meets certain minimum performance requirements to protect the officers who wear it.

 Winner Announced!

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants your help in building tools to educate the public about safety in the workplace.

 Winner Announced!

Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2012
Award: Recognition and Announcement at US DOT/Industry Event TBD

Data can improve decision making. This challenge asks you to analyze or visualize Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) motorcoach safety and other relevant data to help improve those decisions. We challenge you to make better information accessible to more people to encourage better decisions. Through better decisions we can drastically improve the safety of our nation’s motor coaches. Do you have what it takes to develop an innovative product that benefits motorcoach travelers?  The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) wants to see what you can do!

 Winner Announced!

Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) create a safe environment for health care providers to collect, aggregate, and analyze data without fear of legal discovery. This flow of information is designed to improve the quantity and quality of actionable information available and ultimately improves the safety of health care by identifying and reducing the risks associated with patient care. 

The Institute of Medicine, in its 2011 report on Health IT and Patient Safety:  Building Safer Systems for Better Care, recommended voluntary adverse event reporting by health care providers and promoted PSOs using AHRQ’s Common Formats as the “best option” for advancing effective reporting. Because medical errors occur in a complex environment and are caused by multiple factors, adverse event reporting must capture a wide range of data, which may go beyond structured data required by Common Formats. Furthermore, providers may need to send the same or similar data to more than one PSO as well as to other public health or health oversight agencies.

 Winner Announced!