Time flies when you're working hard on a solution! And time is now of the essence to get those submissions in, because the deadline is in approximately one week!

That's right: Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:00pm EDT is your very last chance to submit your solution to the NIST Virtual Public Safety Test Environment Challenge.  

Here are a few tips for the coming week:

  • Don't wait until the last minute. A surge of users trying to submit right at the deadline time (5pm) could slow things down and cause a lot of frustration.
  • Ask questions with plenty of time to get an answer.  Scan over the whole submission form - is everything clear to you? If not, don't be afraid to ask! In fact, you can post your questions right in the comments section of this update if you like!
  •  Leave no field unfilled. Don't skip any fields on the submission form. Doing so can be an automatic disqualifier -- even if the rest of what you submitted is brilliant! Please, save everyone the regret and double-check for omissions! 
  • Have fun.  Make sure you're actually enjoying the process! Ultimately, it's really not just about winning the money. Just participating in an open innovation competition like this is a revolutionary act, so try not to get too caught up in the outcome. You're awesome just for being here.


Good luck to all of you!