innovateAFITC has become the premiere collaboration competition for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Cybersecurity. This event encourages and promotes a community culture of cyber awareness and collaboration between Government, industry and academia, bringing together community leaders, cyber experts and a cadre of competitors from local schools to witness and participate in real‐world IT, cyber operations, software development and design methods.
Student groups will team up with military and industry IT professionals in order to create a solution (working prototype) to a challenge in one of the below categories using a Microsoft Azure DevKit or Raspberry Pi.Devpost
Smart devices are quickly being integrated throughout our lives. These devices bring significant value and benefits into their user’s daily tasks; however, there are significant concerns with the rapidly growing
cybersecurity footprint, how to secure these devices, and more importantly the data and access they provide. The inclusion of these devices within a trusted network offers malicious actors a significantly larger set
of targets, many of which haven’t explicitly been designed with secure operations in mind. Most home networks are not created to handle these varied types of devices.
This challenge requires teams to design an easy to use and implement software solution for a standard home user that allows for the creation of secure zones/buckets within the existing network. Each bucket would have firewalls pre-configured for the anticipated device type. This system will provide recommendations on which zone the device should be included in based on the type. The system should also optionally provide reporting on the devices statuses and trustworthiness.
Efficient and effective routing of personnel in response to an incident, particularly an emergency, can be the difference between a positive outcome and a negative outcome. Efficient routing requires the immediate collection and analysis of a lot of information in real-time to make the optimal decision. However, limitations in data availability, resources and time make efficient routing difficult. In this challenge, teams are asked to develop a system to improve the routing of personnel to an incident/emergency for response.
This challenge requires teams to design a hardware and software solution that can be used to improve the routing of personnel to an incident or emergency. This technology/solution can be applicable to a utility’s response to an outage, emergency responders’ response to an accident or public safety event, or the military’s response to a threat. In many of these cases today, routing of personnel is made with limited information, either because critical information is unavailable to the operator or because analysis of all the pertinent information is not possible in the moment. For example, if there are several electric utility crews deployed at different locations and with different skillsets, and a series of incidents of varying degrees of emergency and needed skillsets, an operator would likely struggle to direct the various crews to the different incidents in a way that optimizes for degree of emergency, time and cost. They may respond to each incident one-by-one rather than holistically. As an example, a system, similar to one that Uber/Lyft use to direct their dispersed drivers, often of different “skill” such as the size of their vehicle, to the various dispersed passengers that may too have different needs, could drastically reduce response times and outcomes of incidents.
Logistics is the flow of items between the point origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of customers or corporations. The resources managed may include tangible goods, equipment, and supplies. In this challenge, teams are asked to create an inventory tracking mechanism using IoT applications.
This challenge requires teams to design a hardware and software solution that can be used to track a high-value asset's location in near time. Industry, Government organizations, and Military organizations all need to track high-value assets. However, indoor tracking can be difficult as many building structures block or significantly degrade GPS signals from penetrating indoors.
A high-value asset can include expensive mobile equipment such as a forklift, maintenance carts, weapons, ammunition, and mobile torque wrenches. In many cases, someone uses the equipment and leaves it unattended; in rare cases, the equipment is returned to designated storage areas. Several data points may be used to determine the physical location in the designated storage area. However, inefficient use of time trying to locate the equipment has resulted in the repurchase of items categorized in the "dead zone" (non-locatable). The problem creates an inventory shrinkage of millions of dollars.
Each year thousands of new families’ transition into the Montgomery area to support our military installations. When searching for a new place to live, one of the critical factors in any parent’s mind is education. As an example, part of what makes a school stand-out are the extracurricular programs sponsored and provided by that school.
Unfortunately for parents, discovering all that a school offers may be time-consuming and meticulous task and almost impossible to do before moving. Some school websites are unintuitive in design and navigation while others are lacking in information about any extracurricular activities or fail to expound upon the ones they do have listed. Calling these schools is an option but quickly becomes exhaustive, have difficulty reaching someone with the knowledge they are seeking, or don’t have the mental energy to spend hours and hours speaking to people.
All these issues would be solved with a simple but intuitive application.
Teams must create an application that allows users to search area for schools for important attributes (e.g., extracurricular programs and activities offered by those schools). Teachers, schools, and school districts will keep track of and update their school’s profile on what extracurricular programs they provide while parents can search through these school profiles based on what programs they or their child are interested in.
Teams will be judged on the following criteria:
A 120 second video of your prototype will be judged on impact, creativity, complexity, quality, and percentage of completion.
The brief project description will be judged based on how well it explains the problem, solution, architecture, or technical challenges.
The 5 minute pitch presentation will be judged on the quality of the presentation covering the problem, solution, team demographics and video of the working prototype.