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Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) will host an event to identify solutions for optical character recognition text to text translation solutions from Industry, Academia, Laboratories, and other interested organizations. The desired end state is to understand the solution capabilities and determine if those solutions are compatible with ongoing translation efforts.

Objective
USSOCOM S&T JATF would like to enhance the capabilities of their language translation devices. These devices will need to be able to read street signs, advertisements, canopy, marquee, and billboard signs, as well as the traditional scanning of documents, memes, magazines, etc. These devices should be able to operate completely disconnected from the cloud. Ideally, they should be able to be incorporated into different language software that has been developed, and should fit into multiple form factors. Variable optics are acceptable.

Why You Should Participate
USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM S&T JATF Subject Matter Experts. As such, the follow-on Assessment Event (AE) is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline
Phase 1 – 21 December 2021 to 21 January 2022 Submissions Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their solutions for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 3 attendance, please follow the submission instructions that will be near the bottom of this webpage after 21 December.

Phase 1a – 04 January 2022 Q&A Telecon: Interested offerors may participate in a Virtual Q&A session to better understand specific technology objectives in preparation for their white papers. The telecon will take place on 04 January 2022 from 1500-1600 ET. Click Here to RSVP and Submit Questions (NLT 03 January 2022)

Phase 2 – 24 January 2022 to 02 February 2022 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE o/a 03 February 2022.

Phase 3 – 01 March 2022 to 03 March 2022 Assessment Event (AE): During the AE, selected participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase 4 may immediately begin.

Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
*An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

Visit https://events.sofwerx.org/optical/ for more information.