2009 National Security Innovation Competition
By Melinda Rose
The Third Annual National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC) for college students will be sponsored by the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator (CSTI) and the Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance (CHDA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 1, 2009. NSIC 2009 is designed to stimulate interest by college students in national security-related innovations and expose novel technologies to a broad audience including industry, academic, and government organizations involved in aerospace, defense, security, and first responder activities.
The competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students at any college or university, including students who have graduated in the last six months. The entries must be the original idea and work product of the student/advisor team. Teams will initially submit written papers describing their technical innovation. These preliminary round papers will be judged by a team of government and industry subject matter experts who will select up to 10 top teams to compete in Colorado Springs in May. Final oral presentations will be presented to a group of judges representing sponsors, end users and potential funding sources for further development of these outstanding innovative concepts.
Cash scholarship awards will be made to the top three teams in the amounts of: First Prize - $5000, Second Prize - $2500 and Third Prize - $1000.
NSIC 2009 is sponsored by the Science & Technology Division of the Department of Homeland Security and hosted by MITRE Corporation's Colorado Springs office.
The Entry Form must be completed and submitted by January 28, 2009. You can find more information here.
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