The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have formed a partnership to jointly hold crowdsourcing-based prize competitions as part of both agencies’ efforts to help develop new technologies.
DHS said Wednesday its science and technology directorate will work with NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation to solicit homeland security research and development ideas from the private sector under the prize program.
“This is a different way to do business,” said Reginald Brothers, DHS undersecretary for science and technology.
“We’re creating opportunities for everyone from companies to college students to bring their passion to bear in service of national security,” added Brothers.
The program takes its mandate from the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010 to help address some of the government’s needs, DHS says.