1st & Future Pitch Competition Accepting Applications Through January 4

December 22, 2020

The NFL is putting out a final call for applicants for its sixth annual 1st and Future pitch competition, the annual Super Bowl event designed to spur innovation in athlete safety and performance. For the first time, this season’s program will be broadcast in primetime on NFL Network during Super Bowl LV week.

We are calling all innovators and data scientists to enter two categories of competition for the chance to win a total of $150,000 in awards:

  • Innovations to Advance Player Health and Safety: Inviting submissions for innovations that could improve player health and safety, including protective equipment, medical devices, sensors and training devices. Up to four start-up businesses will be selected as finalists and will have the chance to pitch their innovations to a panel of judges. The entry deadline has been extended until January 4, so apply today!
  • NFL Computer Vision Competition: Crowdsourcing access to NFL game data to model a computer vision system for detecting on-field helmet impacts during NFL plays. This is a project the NFL actively has underway in partnership with AWS as part of the development of our Digital Athlete platform, which aims to better predict and prevent player injury. This competition will crowdsource solutions via the data science platform Kaggle. A live leaderboard will track the success of applicants' models; winners may be invited to present their computer vision systems during the broadcast. The entry deadline is December 28.

The official rules and more information about how to apply can be found at nfl.com/1standFuture

*Please note: Duke-affiliated researchers are not eligible for this opportunity.