DARPA Challenge: Red Balloon Scavenger Hunt12.1.09   |   Posted in: Events   |   By: A. Salem Jones
Tags: DARPA, DARPA Challenge
DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency, has from time to time issued challenges for the benefit of defense research. You may remember their contests to have autonomous robotic vehicles navigate a course. This Saturday, December 5th, a new challenge will begin. DARPA will hide ten eight-foot balloons within the continental United States. The individual or team which can submit the location of the most balloons wins $40,000 (preferably in small unmarked bills). While the balloons will only be present for one day, people will have longer to submit their locations.
The purpose of the challenge is to study patterns of social networking. DARPA is already anticipating tactics of misinformation, decoy balloons and more. Registration available until the contest begins. More info about the rules can be found here. Trust no one.