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DECEMBER 3-5, 2024   

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2022 Security Innovation Challenge:
TechConnect Accelerator and $25K Prize

The Security Innovation Challenge - sponsored by the Homeland Security Technology Consortium and powered by TechConnect, a division of ATI - seeks open innovation in the area of identity management.

Leading solutions could shape the future of national security and earn $25,000 in prizes! Challenge finalists will pitch in September in Washington, D.C. for a chance to earn the prize money and connect with leading corporate, investment, and Federal prospectors. Qualified entrants may receive engagement and membership opportunities with partnering consortia. Enter by June 30, 2022!

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Areas of Interest:

  • Pattern recognition software: facial, object, speech, voice
  • Real-time analytics platforms
  • Sensors
  • Scanners
  • Imaging
  • Cybersecurity platforms
  • Data harmonization software
  • AI/ML Innovations
  • Privacy-enabled or privacy-centric solutions
  • Other innovations in identity management

Who Should Apply

We encourage innovators representing state-of-the-art identity management solutions for both civilian and Federal security applications to apply.



Submit and pitch your technology to top investment, industry, and government scouts. Submission places you in a qualifying process for membership and engagement opportunities with the partnering consortium. Finalists will compete for a piece of the $25,000 non-dilutive prize.

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Dates & Deadlines

Submissions Open: May 18, 2022

Informational webinar: June 14, 2022

Informational webinar on Vimeo.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2022 


Pitch Event

Finalists will receive an invitation to pitch at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit and Expo in Washington, D.C.

Date: September 29, 2022

Location: Gaylord National Convention Center and Hotel


The Homeland SecurityTechnology Consortium (HSTech) supports the collaborative R&D and rapid prototyping/piloting needs for the Department of Homeland Security and its components. HSTech sources capabilities across the homeland security and national border security technology spectrum.

Focus areas include:

  • Identification and assessment
  • Targeting and intelligence
  • Authentication and verification
  • Communications and information management
  • Other homeland security-related capabilities



For submission questions, please contact Laura Murphree at
To Sponsor or Partner please contact Nick Kacsandi at

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