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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.

We invite you to explore the Archived Events page to learn about past DARPA events. We also encourage you to peruse our D60 magazine. This 60th-anniversary edition, which we published during our D60 symposium in early September 2018, chronicles some aspects of the agency's past, present, and future.

DARPA 60th Magazine


 

Angler Proposers Day
December 13, 2018, 8:00 AM ET
Executive Conference Center
The Tactical Technology Office is holding a Proposers Day to provide information on the structure and objectives of the Angler program. Angler seeks to migrate advancements from terrestrial and space-based robotics, terrestrial autonomous manipulation, and underwater sensing technologies into the realm of undersea manipulation, with specific focus on long-distance, seabed-based missions. Specifically, the program aims to discover innovative autonomous robotic solutions capable of navigating unstructured ocean depths, surveying expansive underwater regions, and physically manipulating manmade objects of interest.
Panacea Proposers Day
December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM ET
Executive Conference Center
The Biological Technologies Office is holding a Proposers Day to provide information on the structure and objectives of the Panacea program. Panacea aims to integrate systems pharmacology and advanced medicinal chemistry approaches to expand the human drug target space for therapeutic interventions in the areas of acute management of pain and inflammation and the improvement of physiological endurance under oxygen-limited conditions or environments. Panacea will support the development and proof-of-concept demonstration of a new integrated platform for the rapid prediction, synthesis, and validation of pharmacological interventions.
Artificial Intelligence Colloquium
March 6-7, 2019
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
DARPA has long been a leader in the field of artificial intelligence, establishing the foundations of the field and leading creation of expert systems, and then supporting the expansion of machine learning. The agency’s most recent investments — undertaken as part of DARPA’s $2 billion AI Next campaign — are supporting a shift in AI systems from tools alone to trusted, collaborative partners in problem solving. To increase awareness of DARPA’s expansive AI R&D efforts, the agency is hosting an Artificial Intelligence Colloquium (AIC) in March 2019. The event will bring together the Department of Defense research community and stakeholders to learn more about DARPA’s current and emerging AI programs, and discover how the technologies in development could apply to diverse missions.
Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
October 23, 2019
Mobile World Congress Americas
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 over three years, starting in 2016. 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.