[UPDATE: The MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team has won! Interesting to read about how they set up their challenge network to maximize participation and benefit as many people as possible.]
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA is sponsoring a Network Challenge. Today, Saturday, December 5, 2009, DARPA is launching 10 red 8-foot weather balloons around the United States, in locations that are accessible to the public and visible from points nearby. These balloons will remain in place for 24 hours. Individuals and groups who registered in November are participating in the challenge, the goal of which is to identify the location of all 10 balloons and submit this information to DARPA. The first entity to do so will win the prize of $40,000.
My husband, who I recently described as an inspirationator (inspiration + innovator), created the Independent School Balloon Finding Team, which consists of 16 independent schools. Should this team win the prize, they will donate the funds to Kiva.
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