- Call for stage 1 submissionsFebruary 27, 2019
- Stage 1 submission deadlineApril 24, 2019
- Stage 1 finalists announcedJune 2019
- Stage 2 prototyping acceleratorJune - September 2019
- current stageStage 2 live test eventOctober 2019
- Stage 2 winner(s) announcedDecember 2019
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
The opioid crisis
The abuse of opioids such as fentanyl has created an unprecedented public health crisis across the United States. In 2017, approximately 50,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. International mail has been identified as a route for illicit opioids entering the United States, commonly transported in nearly pure, powdered form. Consequently, large-scale drug trafficking can occur via small packages sent in the mail.
A collaborative effort
As part of the comprehensive government effort to address the opioid crisis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), along with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), are seeking new tools and technologies to detect opioids in parcels moving through international service centers and express consignment facilities.
The Challenge called on innovators in a wide range of fields, from forensic science to industrial quality assurance to artificial intelligence, to help disrupt the flow of opioids into the United States by participating in this Challenge. The Challenge seeks novel, automated, nonintrusive, user-friendly and well-developed designs for tools and technologies that have the potential to quickly and accurately detect opioids in parcels, without disrupting the flow of mail.
MEET THE FINALISTS
Judges helped select eight (8) finalists according to the Stage 1 selection criteria. The total Stage 1 prize pool of $800,000 was distributed evenly across Stage 1 finalists.
Atomic-level Drug Detection
Automated Multimodal Opioid Detection
HALO X-ray Technologies
Enhanced X-ray Diffraction
Nonimaging Concealed Drug Detector
Noninvasive Detection Using Molecular Signatures
NQR Detection of Nitrogen-Containing Substances
Operator-free X-ray Diffraction
Scanner and Algorithms for Automatic Opioid Detection
TOTAL PRIZE POOL
The judges helped select eight (8) finalists according to official Stage 1 selection criteria, with each finalist to be awarded $100,000 in Stage 1.
During Stage 2, the finalists from Stage 1 will compete for an additional $750,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize winner is expected to be awarded $500,000, and the runner-up to be awarded $250,000.More About Awards