Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has launched the Smart Gun Design Competition for New York City college and university students to develop workable smart gun technology. The purpose of the competition is to develop methods for preventing unauthorized users of guns from using them. The top five teams will be given $10,000 in funding to further their work and the winning college or university will be awarded a $1 million capital budget allocation.
NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Eric Cumberbatch from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Margot Hirsch of the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation will comprise the judging panel. “Because they can fired only by the authorized user, smart guns will save countless lives by reducing unintentional shootings, particularly of children, and by deterring gun thefts,” Barrett said. “Borough President Adams’ initiative will help speed the development of this life-saving technology.”
Entries will be assessed for viability in collaboration with the New York City Police Department (NYPD).