The Seeker desires a system for automated detection of the angle between a trailer and its tow vehicle utilizing video from an on-board rearward facing camera. The system must be robust and operate accurately under a variety of weather and lighting conditions and must function on a mobile processor typically found in modern vehicles.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, output from the proposed system, and submission of source code and/or executable for validation upon request.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddles (SUP) have provided great flexibility to enthusiasts and allowed the sport to grow in popularity. However, manually or electrically pumping the SUPs to the needed pressure is still cumbersome and time-consuming. Hence, the Seeker is looking for a new user-friendly inflation system that can quickly inflate a 300L SUP and reach 20 PSI.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and, if requested by the Seeker, prototype delivery.
Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for the best available methods to recycle and/or reuse the materials the wind turbine blades, in order to be more and more sustainable, under a circular economy perspective.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
The population of satellites in Earth orbit is growing at unprecedented rates. There are currently over 23,000 objects larger than 10 cm, consisting of payloads, rocket bodies, and debris, which are regularly tracked by US Air Force Space Surveillance Sensors. It is becoming increasingly important that we understand the complex interactions of these objects as they travel through their orbits. Given that they are moving at speeds measured in multiple kilometers per second, it is imperative that space operators have a complete and thorough understanding of this constantly evolving and highly dynamic situation. This challenge is to provide novel situational awareness to operators that may quickly process the vast amounts of information necessary for decisive action on compressed timelines when only minutes or seconds may be available to prevent or mitigate catastrophic events.
This Challenge requires a written response (design, wireframe, or computer code)
Nearly 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy, a neurological condition which affects the nervous system and causes seizures. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, with 150,000 new cases annually in the United States. Nearly 80% of the people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries and three-quarters of these individuals do not get the treatment they need.
Among those living with epilepsy, nearly one-third have ongoing seizures despite existing therapies. Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). If seizures are uncontrolled, the risk of SUDEP increases to more than 1 out of 150. SUDEP is the leading cause of death in young adults with uncontrolled seizures.
In order to accelerate the identification of effective treatments for SUDEP, the Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute is sponsoring a Reduction to Practice Challenge to develop a predictive biomarker or panel of biomarkers to identify people at risk for SUDEP or seizures that compromise cardiac or respiratory function. The biomarker(s) must serve as an endpoint or surrogate endpoint that will drive human SUDEP interventions. For example, the biomarker(s) may identify a high risk patient group that could be used to test existing candidate interventions such as seizure detection devices.
Milestone 1 requires a detailed Project Plan of the proposed solution. Milestone 2 involves the production of proof-of-concept data. Milestone 3 requires results that demonstrate the predictive efficacy of the biomarker(s). The SUDEP Institute intends to make up to 10 awards from a total award pool of $100,000 for Milestone 1, up to 4 awards of $25,000 each for Milestone 2, and a final award at least $800,000 for successful completion of Milestone 3.