The Department of Defense is offering a $100,000 prize for people to design advanced small unmanned air vehicle systems.
The competition, known as the UAVForge Challenge, employs a crowdsourcing approach to collaboration for individuals and ad hoc teams to submit ideas, designs, algorithms and materials to create the next generation of UAVs.
The www.uavforge.net website provides a virtual environment and tools to bring together the best ideas. The competition will end with a live fly off to determine the best design.
- Up to ten teams will receive travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for up to five team members to participate in the competition fly-off, with expenses not to exceed $15,000 (USD) per team.
- The competition fly-off winner will be awarded a $100,000 prize and work collaboratively with the UAVForge manufacturer to fabricate an initial lot of up to 15 systems to be delivered to DARPA for evaluation and experimentation.
- The competition fly-off winner will be provided an opportunity to demonstrate their air vehicle in a 2012 operational exercise. Up to five team members are invited to participate and will be paid travel, lodging, and per diem expenses in support of the event.
Visit Challenge.gov or details.