Spotlight Chat

Challenge and Prize Spotlight Chat with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Building a legal framework for challenges and prize competitions at NIST

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Hosted by and the Challenge & Prize Community of Practice

The Spotlight Chat is a moderated discussion with innovation leaders to highlight success stories and lessons learned. In this session, we will hear from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Innovation and Legal teams as they share how they worked together to establish a legal framework for prizes and challenges at NIST.

Following the discussion, the panelists will respond to your questions. Please register to submit your questions in advance. 

At the end of the event, you will gain an understanding of how engaging and building relationships with legal counsel has benefited NIST’s open innovation challenges and prize competitions. Please join us for an inspiring discussion.


Jarah Meador is the director of the Open Innovation Programs, including and

Craig Connelly joined the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division’s Open Innovation team in July 2017 and serves as a prize and challenge specialist. In this role, he manages internal and external R&D, communications, legal, administrative, and procurement resources to design and implement prize competitions and challenges to advance PSCR’s mission.

Jeremy Glenn is a Presidential Management Fellow serving as a prize and challenge specialist for the PSCR at NIST. In this role he designs and manages all aspects of prize competitions to advance PSCR’s mission to further communications technologies for first responders. Mr. Glenn is a licensed attorney and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Emily Parkhurst is a general attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She has been an employee of OCC/NIST since 2014. Ms. Parkhurst is the OCC/NIST attorney located at the NIST campus in Boulder, Colorado.

This talk was hosted by the Challenges and Prizes Federal Community of Practice. The community provides mechanisms for members of federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to share best practices and identify collaboration opportunities across government.

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