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CHALLENGE 3.1
FASTFIND: UAS-SEARCH OPTIMIZED 
COMPETE FOR UP TO $260,000!

ABOUT

Join us for this exciting Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) prize competition using your ingenuity and hardware build expertise to create a concept for a UAS prototype. The top competitors of the challenge will compete for up to $260,000! The results of the FastFind – UAS Search Optimized Challenge (FastFind Challenge) will support the public safety community and its stakeholders. You can make a difference!  To enter Stage 1, submit your entry starting August 2, 2021 with a deadline of September 30, 2021. To enter as a Walk-on Contestant in Stage 2, submit your entry by May 6, 2022. Continue reading to learn more about challenge stages and details. 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this Challenge is to advance UAS technologies by building and flying a UAS designed to support first responder search and rescue (SAR) operations. Specifically, this challenge is looking at enabling law enforcement as well as other emergency services to search a heavily forested area for missing persons using a UAS. The goal of this challenge is for Contestants to design, build, and fly a complete UAS solution that helps a SAR team locate multiple missing persons in a thick forested area by improving image detection and enhancing navigation techniques to ‘close the distance’ more quickly. 

CHALLENGE BACKGROUND

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR), in conjunction with Mississippi State University and Kansas State University, is hosting a 3-stage challenge, with a first place prize of $40,000 in the final event and prize awards totaling up to $260,000 for top designs throughout the FastFind Challenge. PSCR’s Open Innovation team engages public safety entities, government, academia, and industry to identify innovation opportunities and foster technology advancements for public safety communications through Prize Competitions and Challenges.

 

OFFICIAL CHALLENGE 3.1 RULES

WALK-ON CONTESTANTS

 

WALK-ON CONTESTANT WEBINAR

Please view a recording of the webinar here for more challenge information.

 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Register for the competition via the Contestant Portal, starting March 3. The Contestant Portal is open for submissions from April 8, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. CT, to  May 6, 2022, at midnight.

 

For more information on submission requirements, review the Official Challenge 3.1 Rules.

 

WALK-ON QUESTIONS? 

Submit your questions via the form at the top of the FAQ page.

CHALLENGE STAGES

The FastFind Challenge is a 3-stage competition to design, develop, and demonstrate UAS solutions that support first responder SAR operations. Below are details of each stage of the Challenge.

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