Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyEvents


Since its inception in 1958, DARPA has been catalyzing advanced capabilities that have significantly changed outcomes for U.S. national security, repeatedly showing that what had seemed impossible was in fact doable. By design, DARPA reaches for transformational change instead of incremental advances. But DARPA does not perform its engineering alchemy in isolation. It works within an innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate and governmental partners, with a constant focus on the Nation’s military Services, which work with DARPA to create new strategic opportunities and novel tactical options.

One way DARPA aims to spur technology breakthroughs is by hosting events that bring together partners from across the science & technology ecosystem. Through workshops, symposia, proposers days, prize challenges and other special events, DARPA aims to engage thought leaders in diverse technical disciplines. The goal of these interactions is to build interdisciplinary synergy for tackling vexing technical challenges and sparking technological leaps forward.

For reference, past DARPA events can be viewed on the Archived Events page.


Image Caption: An iconic visualization of otherwise invisible magnetic field lines associated with a bar magnet hints of the far weaker biology-based magnetic fields from hearts and brains that DARPA’s new AMBIIENT program aims to measure with unprecedented ease.
March 29, 2017
DARPA Conference Center
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of the Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging In Earth’s Native Terrain (AMBIIENT) program from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on April 3, 2017, at the DARPA Conference Center (DCC 01-200) in Arlington, VA. Advanced registration is required.
Image Caption: The illustration suggests the range of material- and structure-based innovations that participants in the DREaM program might pursue as they seek next-generation electronic technologies.
March 29, 2017
DARPA Conference Center
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of the DREaM program on March 29, 2017 at the Hilton in Arlington, VA, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Participants must register for the DREaM Proposers Day through the registration website by March 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. More information about the Proposers Day is available in a Special Notice (DARPA-SN-17-24) posted on (ADD URL). The DREaM program’s Broad Agency Announcement (HR001117S0024), which will more fully detail the technical goals and performer requirements, is expected to be released and posted on prior to the Proposers Day.
Image Caption: In this artist’s conception, a driverless car’s sensors scan the environs to relentlessly inform the vehicle’s machine-learning (ML) system, which uses the data to guide current driving actions but also to modify its own programming and database so that the car becomes an ever safer means of transportation that can handle ever more real-world situations. Click on image below for high-resolution.
March 30, 2017
DARPA Conference Center
In support of the Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) program, DARPA will host a Proposers Day on March 30, 2017, at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, VA. The registration deadline for the event is March 24, 2017, at noon (EDT).
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June 15, 2017
Arlington, Virginia
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will be holding a Discover DSO Day on June 15, 2017 in Arlington, VA.
Spectrum Challenge Collaboration
To Be Determined
Over the next three years, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office will hold a series of competitive events as the Agency’s next grand challenge—the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2)—unfolds. SC2 is the first-of-its-kind collaborative machine-learning competition to overcome scarcity in the radio frequency spectrum. Today, access to the spectrum is managed by dividing it into rigid, exclusively licensed bands.