ABOUT THE SMART TECH FOR FIREARMS CHALLENGE

Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge is a global competition aimed at incentivizing new, early stage, and experienced innovators to accelerate development and availability of firearms with smart access technology. At the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, we believe one of the most promising area for a first innovation competition involves firearms technologies addressing access control that prevent an unauthorized user from discharging a firearm. These technologies have the primary effect of preventing the use of a firearm in a crime, suicide, or accidental discharge context by an unauthorized user. The technologies have the secondary beneficial effect of inhibiting the theft and illegal resale of such firearms. Finally, they will create a “market for safety” – the ultimate goal of all our challenges – to propel safety, social wellbeing, and a responsible gun industry.

In the Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge, more than $1 million in grants will be available to innovators who develop technology for a firearm that reliably authorizes an approved user and blocks an unauthorized user of the firearms, and who develop a plan to take their technology to the consumer market and/or law enforcement sector. The challenge structure requires all eligible teams to test their technologies against rigorous safety and reliability standards. 

 

IMPORTANT SUBMISSION PROCESS INFORMATION 

Registration

Teams must complete online registration by March 31, 2014. By submitting registration materials early, a team will have ample opportunity to satisfy the registration requirements before the final deadline.

The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation Operations team (CO team) will review registration materials for completeness and compliance with the rules of the challenge. The CO team reserves the right to require any further clarifying materials or supplemental information as part of its evaluation. 

The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation makes no claim to the intellectual property submitted as part of any Challenge application.

FOLLOWING THE INITIAL REVIEW OF THE WHITE PAPER SUBMISSIONS, THE JUDGING PANEL MAY REQUEST SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FROM TEAMS WHO HAVE ADVANCED TO THE NEXT STAGE OF REVIEW 

FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED BEGINNING IN APRIL 2014