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Crowd divides $50K
By Asha

DARPA is the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. DARPA's mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from threatening their national security. DARPA funds unique and innovative research through the private sector, academic and other non-profit organizations as well as government labs.

On Oct 24, I had written about the $50,000 DARPA Shredder Challenge to piece together a series of shredded documents (Article republished below).  This is an international contest and open to Indians as well.

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology has decided to go the crowd sourcing way.  They are enlisting thousands of volunteers on the internet to piece together the 10 thousand sections of the shredded document


If UCSD wins, the amount of money an individual will win is based on how many edges they connected in the puzzles. For every edge connected by the participant, he or she would receive $1. The person who recruited that participant would receive 50 cents, and the person above that recruiter would receive 25 cents. Depending on how many people are in the participant’s ‘family tree’, a further fractional amount will accrue all the way up the tree.


(Techgoss had published the following on Oct 24, 2011)


$50K Shredder Contest
By Asha

DARPA is the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. DARPA's mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from threatening their national security. DARPA funds unique and innovative research through the private sector, academic and other non-profit organizations as well as government labs.

In 2009, DARPA had announced a global competition where the challenge was to “locate ten moored red weather balloons located at ten fixed locations in the continental United States. Balloons will be in readily accessible locations, visible from nearby roadways and accompanied by DARPA representatives. All balloons are scheduled to go on display at all locations at 10:00AM (ET) until approximately 4:00 PM (local time) on Saturday, December 5, 2009.”

DARPA has now announced a Shredder Challenge


Today’s troops often confiscate the remnants of destroyed documents in war zones, but reconstructing them is a daunting task. DARPA’s Shredder Challenge calls upon computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts and anyone else who likes solving complex problems to compete for up to $50,000 by piecing together a series of shredded documents.

The competition starts today and the winner will be announced on Dec 5, 2011.


(11/17/2011)
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