Announcing the NSF Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF WINS) Challenges


May 17, 2017

The Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF WINS) Challenges sponsored by NSF/CISE are seeking solutions to enhance wireless connectivity.  A total of $2 million is available for cash prizes.  

The two Challenges are as follows:

(1) The Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge aims to find wireless solutions for communication that can be rapidly deployed in post-disaster situations where Internet access is unavailable or compromised.

 (2) The Smart Community Networks Challenge aims to find wireless solutions for communication that can be built on top of existing infrastructure to enhance Internet connectivity in communities that need greater access.

Each challenge will consist of two stages: a Design Concept Stage and a Working Prototype Stage.  The NSF WINS Challenges are open for the Design Concept Stage through Fall 2017. Entrants who are notified that they have passed the Design Concept Stage will be able to participate in the Working Prototype Stage.

To learn more, see https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/nsf-wins-wireless-challenges/.

Note that submissions are being accepted on a third-party site.  Please see the external site for instructions on how to submit at: https://wirelesschallenge.mozilla.org/.

 

 

 

NSF Program Contact: Thyaga Nandagopal, tnandago@nsf.gov

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