DARPA–the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency–is the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense. DARPA’s mission is to maintain technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security. We also create technological surprise for our adversaries.
DARPA’s latest challenge: Locate these 10 balloons
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA has announced the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition that will explore the roles the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems.
The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States. The balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roads.
- Register on this web site on November 23.
- Find other people interested in helping you solve the DARPA Network Challenge.
- Starting December 5, submit locations to the web site immediately after you find them.
- For updates, follow us on Twitter.
A $40,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first entrant to submit the latitude and longitude of all ten balloons.
Interested? check here. But hurry. Over 300 people have already registered.
Any ideas on finding the balloons without even leaving your couch? Leave a comment. Better, if you see a balloon, post it below. When we’ve collected all ten locations, first one to notify DARPA wins $40k.