10 Red Balloons and $40,000

Red BalloonHow cool is this: 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.

A $40,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first entrant to submit the latitude and longitude of all ten balloons.

I LOVE IT! 😀  PLEASE let me know if you’re participating.

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