NIOSH has selected the following winners to share in the $110,000 Phase 1 Prize Purse of the Counterfeit N95 Challenge. 

The winners are:

Ethos- Authentication Standards for NIOSH Registry by Aegle - Provenio

  • The solution builds and expands upon a proven-effective, easy-to-use anticounterfeit technology as a NIOSH- approved N95 manufacturer.

VeriskuLeigh Brand's team

  • The Certified Equipment List (CEL) is integrated with cloud-based Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning software to eliminate counterfeit N95 products.

Digital Title by Team Digital Title

  • A decentralized, distributed title recording system is created to improve information transparency and build trust between consumers and IP owners.

N95 FFR Validation App and Website by Essayon Engineering

  • An N95 FFR certification phone app for the general public is developed, and coupled with a clinical and supply chain community website.

These four teams will now be invited to participate in Phase 2 where they will build out their initial proposals into a proof-of-concept and explore what would be required for their concept to scale upwards.

We would also like to recognize the following honorable mentions. While these teams will not be advancing to the next stage, we would like to commend them for their excellent submissions:

Fake Mask Awareness by Robert Schlecht

N95 Check by Team Crointel


Congratulations once again to our winners!