DARPA's Use of Prize Based Challenges
This panel will address how DARPA uses prize-based challenges to solve problems, spur innovations, and develop community. This session will provide highlights of prior challenges and discuss the successes, failures, and lessons learned over the past decade. It will explore when a challenge is the right model for technology development, and consider future problems we may seek to solve with challenges. Panelists will address the unique aspects of both physical and non-physical challenges, and the unique complexities each brings. The discussion will include long- and short-term effects of DARPA challenges to previous competitors and their respective technical communities. Dr. Norm Whitaker, Program Manager for the DARPA Urban Challenge will moderate this panel.