The DARPA Grand Challenge 10 years later

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2004 DARPA Grand Challenge

Fifteen vehicles left a starting gate in the desert outside of Barstow, Calif., to make history in the DARPA Grand Challenge on March 13, 2004, a first-of-its-kind race to foster the development of self-driving ground vehicles. The goal of the race was to autonomously navigate a 142-mile course that ran across the desert to Primm, Nev. The longer-term goal was to accelerate development of the technological foundations for autonomous vehicles that could ultimately substitute for men and women in hazardous military operations, such as supply convoys.

 

 

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New York plans $40 million prize competition to create community microgrids

New York plans competition for 10 community microgrid projects across the state.

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids. But will that be enough to overcome the regulatory and economic barriers that have challenged efforts to create microgrids in New York?

 

 

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The Methuselah Foundation offers $1 million prize for a bioengineered liver

If man-made organs were available, nobody would have to wait, or die waiting.

It might be hard to tally how much is a liver worth for someone on a waiting list for a transplant. But one nonprofit is now saying it’s willing to pay $1 million for a bioengineered liver.

 

 

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DaVinci Institute unveils eight competitions for mankind

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Thomas Frey, futurist and executive director at the DaVinci Institute.

Thomas Frey, a futurist and executive director at the DaVinci Institute, has  been drawing inspiration from the success of large-scale incentive-based prize competitions as he announced a series of eight massively difficult competitions during his keynote July 10th at the World Future Society’s “WorldFuture 2011″ event in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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Health Provider Offers $3 Million for Algorithm That Can Predict if You Will Get Sick in the Future

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HPN wants better predictive health care.

It’s almost as if Heritage Provider Network set out to create the perfect story by mashing up all of our favorite things: clever algorithms, a multi-million dollar intellectual competition, and the future. The California-based health care provider has put up a purse of $3 million for the person or group who can come up with a predictive algorithm that accurately identifies people at risk for hospitalization in the next year, thus encouraging predictive medical measures and reducing unnecessary hospital stays.

 

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Woman Kills Over 4 Million Mosquitoes, Wins a Prize

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Little Blood Sucker in action

If mosquitoes have nightmares, odds are Huang Yuyen will be making an appearance in them. Yuyen, a pig farmer from Taiwan, may soon find a place in the record books for killing the most winged-bloodsuckers in a month — over 4 million of them, in fact. The insect slaughter was part of a contest held by a company that makes bug-catchers, which awarded Yuyen around $3,000 for her 3 lbs, 5 ounces worth of mosquito carcasses.

According to the Liberty Times, Yuyen beat out 72 other mosquito-catching participants quite handily — her closest competitor nabbed less than half of her estimated 4 million bugs!!!

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EDUIT Announces $50 Million eSingularity Prize for Global Education

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eSingularity – the moment all learning is free and accessible to all

Imagine a world where everyone participates on a level education system, challenging themselves and others, and achieving rewards and prizes for applying themselves, no matter what their social, economic, geographic disposition is…

 

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Teams Compete for $500K Prize in ‘Smarter, Safer, Greener House’ Competition

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Global teams will compete for $500k prize in
the ultimate home makeover contest

On Monday, Colorado-based DaVinci Quest announced a global competition that would invite teams to design and renovate environmentally friendly smart homes in Longmont, Colorado, and win a cash prize of up to $500,000. Team competition details after the jump.

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Space Elevator Competition Success

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David Bashford, lead of the LaserMotive team, preparing their robotic climber entry in the $2 million Space Elevator Games

A robot powered by a ground-based laser beam climbed a long cable dangling from a helicopter on Wednesday to qualify for prize money in a $2 million competition to test the potential reality of the science fiction concept of space elevators. (Videos)

 

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