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NIST, FirstNet Invite Masses to Compete in First Responder Coding Challenge

Jeff Brody

The First Responder Network Authority and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have jointly launched a $2.2M communications technology competition.

Participants of the Tech to Protect Challenge will submit coding systems that support the communications needs of first responders, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday.

The competition will consist of 10 regional in-person coding events and one online contest open to software developers, programmers, entrepreneurs, researchers, students and public safety professionals.

The first round of coding events will take place in Chicago; Denver; College Station, Texas; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C., from Sept. 27 to 29. The second round will launch in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle on Nov. 1 and end Nov. 3.

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