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DARPA Announces $40,000 Challenge

darpaballoon.jpgTo celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Internet, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the DARPA Network Challenge, the stated goal of which is to “explore the role the Internet and social networking plays in the timely communication, wide area team-building and urgent mobilization required to solve broad scope, time-critical problems.”

The challenge will have entrants searching for ten moored, eight-foot, red weather balloons located in fixed locations across the continental United States. The balloons will be located in accessible locations and be visible from nearby roads. The first entrant to submit the latitude and longitude coordinates of all ten balloons will win $40,000.

Registration for the contest on will begin on 1 December on DARPA’s website and the balloons will be launched on 5 December. The contest will end on 14 December.

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