DVIDS – News – NIWC Atlantic Presents Checks to Prize Challenge Winners in First-Ever ‘Rodeo’

By Steve Ghiringhelli, NIWC Atlantic Public Affairs

CHARLESTON, SC — Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic officials presented checks totaling nearly $180,000 to 13 winning companies on Sept. 15 during the Palmetto Tech Bridge (PTB)’s Prize Challenge Rodeo.

PTB prize challenges define a specific naval problem and then look for a commercial solution. NIWC Atlantic dubbed the event a “rodeo” because it featured multiple competitions in related skillsets.

During the event, selected competitors had a chance to present technologies before a panel of government experts. The winning companies were announced during a closing ceremony at Trident Technical College, culminating more than two months of collecting and evaluating proposals that addressed five distinct challenges.

“We were very excited to learn about each presenter’s proposal,” said Peter C. Reddy, NIWC Atlantic executive director. “We saw significant interest in these unique prize challenge topics, with more than 250 industry subscribers to the challenge contributing to the rewards presented today.”

The winning companies and their earnings under each of the five focus areas were as follows.

Innovative Methodologies to Acquire DevSecOps Capabilities
• Softrams ($25,000)
• initialization ($15,000)
• SAIC ($10,000)

Rapid Staffing Fulfillment Model
• Meridian Technologies ($10,000)
• TDP Data Systems ($10,000)

Brand Communication and Social Networking to Achieve Effective Market Saturation
• Booz Allen Hamilton ($15,000)
• Beta Systems International LLC ($12,000)

Advanced Battle Management Aids (BMAS) Model
• CyOne Inc. ($25,000)
• Atlas Technologies, Inc. ($15,000)

CMMC Barrier Reduction Approach for Small Business and Academia
• Alluvionic ($10,000)
• Bland Government Consulting ($10,000)
• CyberDI LLC ($10,000)
• PeopleTec Inc. ($10,000)

In addition to opening up official pathways for industry to work with the Navy, PTB prize challenges can lead to collaborative environments in which private-sector companies and government labs help spark innovative ideas and solutions on other fronts.

“We know some of the finest engineers in the Navy work right here at NIWC Atlantic,” Reddy said. “But our fellow citizens in the commercial sector are a wellspring of originality and knowhow as well. So when you get all of these creative thinkers together, to solve a common problem, solutions take shape, and everyone is a winner—especially the warfighter.”

Don Sallee, one of NIWC Atlantic’s leading acquisition planners, called the rodeo a unique and rewarding experience for everyone involved, from government acquisition professionals and assessors to the commercial enterprises competing.

“This was a special moment in the progression of our prize challenge initiatives at NIWC Atlantic,” Sallee said. “We had never used the concept of a ‘rodeo’ before, so I was pleased to see it gain some traction with our teams and industry partners this first go-around.”

Future PTB prize challenges will continue to encourage participation from not only traditional and non-traditional industry but also academia, including schools with student populations underrepresented in the math and engineering fields, such as historically Black colleges and universities.

For more information on upcoming prize challenges, visit the PTB homepage at the following link: https://www.niwcatlantic.navy.mil/palmetto-tech-bridge/

About Palmetto Tech Bridge

NIWC Atlantic’s PTB aims to support “acceleration ecosystems” across the Southeast by removing barriers to entry, fostering a culture of trust and innovation, and providing awareness and direct access to warfighter challenges. The PTB’s three primary mission capability areas are cybersecurity, assured communications and data science.

About NIWC Atlantic

As a part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.

Date Taken: 09.21.2022
Date Posted: 09.21.2022 17:14
Story ID: 429822
Location: SC, US

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