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.
Sorta reminds me of a web 2.0 -ish crowdsourced happy version of the “Total Information Awareness System” that DARPA canceled. It’s smart, DARPA has made more leaps and progress with their projects by offering prizes and having the public compete (DARPA challenges with autonomous cars, etc). Happy balloon hunting.