DARPA Network Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced the DARPA Network Challenge to mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet. The competition requires participants to discover the exact position of 10 large, red weather balloons that DARPA will place in undisclosed locations across the continental United States. The first person to identify the location of all the balloons will win a $40,000 cash prize. The balloons will be positioned on December 5, 2009.

5 thoughts on “DARPA Network Challenge

  1. There are a variety of different ways to try to win this competition but I’m sure most of them leverage, in one way or another, having as many people as possible know about the competition. Everyone should help spread the word!

    We’re trying to do that on Facebook and on our website:

    Check us out and shoot me an email! Tell me what you think!


  2. My Team, DeciNena, will win because we have the coolest name, we are offering to share some prize money with all the active participants, not just the balloon finders, and we are 100% CUPCAKE FREE.

    Seriously, the winning team will employ a mixture of all of these strategies. I wonder if DARPA may even run the contest a second time next year, to see what has been learned and how things develop. There is a practical application for this grand experiment.

    Join us:

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