D60 is a three-day symposium hosted by DARPA in honor of its 60th Anniversary, which will highlight the Agency’s work to create breakthrough technologies and capabilities throughout its past, up to the present, and into the future. Consistent with the aims of previous DARPA events, the D60 Symposium seeks to:
DARPA’s mission—making pivotal early investments to create breakthrough technologies and capabilities that strengthen national security—requires a constant stream of novel ideas and contributions from innovators operating at and looking over the edge and beyond of what’s possible. The increasingly cross-disciplinary nature of national-security needs and opportunities calls for DARPA to make greater efforts to serve as a connector among the up-and-coming and the most accomplished scientists and technologists. These efforts include fostering new opportunities for those specialists to share and assess the latest advances and ideas. Doing so establishes new linkages, partnerships, and communities of interest, which are of benefit to the DoD at large. In order to stay on the leading edge of innovation, it is critical that DARPA continues to make these connections and advance dialogue on the pursuit of science in the national interest.
D60 is for scientists, engineers, and other innovators interested in exploring interactively the nature and scope of future technologies, their potential application to tomorrow’s technical and societal challenges, and the dilemmas those applications may themselves engender.
D60 will assemble world-renowned scientists, engineers, innovators, and ethicists to offer perspectives on where today’s advances are heading. Through a variety of channels, participants will be encouraged to help extend those ideas further into the future. In addition to plenary sessions focused on topics of broad import and interest, D60 will offer a variety of themed breakout sessions, allowing participants to dive more deeply into particular topics. An exhibit hall will feature displays from each of DARPA’s technical offices, detailing a selection of programs that reflect the breadth of the Agency’s research portfolio and range of its performer base. The exhibit hall will also showcase historical displays and artifacts, with highlights from DARPA’s storied past. Finally, DARPA is honored to welcome Admiral William McRaven as its anniversary dinner keynote speaker.
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