Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyEvents

Events

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.


 

D60: Breakthrough Technology | Past, Present, Future
September 5-7, 2018
Gaylord National Harbor
Since its founding, DARPA has pushed the limits of what is possible to develop breakthrough technologies for national security. 2018 marks DARPA’s sixtieth anniversary, and in September, to cap this milestone year, the Agency is hosting a multifaceted symposium dubbed “D60: Breakthrough Technology | Past, Present, Future.” The institutional goals of the event are to strengthen and expand DARPA’s innovation ecosystem (which includes academia, industry, and government partners), inform stakeholders about DARPA’s vision and priorities, and learn from the Agency’s ongoing record of achievements and experience in the challenges of rendering not-yet technology into here-now technology.
Searchlight Proposers Day
August 24, 2018, 8:00 AM ET
DARPA Conference Center
DARPA’s Information Innovation Office is hosting a Proposers Day to provide information to potential applicants on the structure and objectives of the Searchlight program. The goal of Searchlight is to develop novel approaches to analysis and Quality of Service management of an enterprise’s distributed applications overlaid on the public Internet. Proposed approaches must reflect priorities while minimizing impacts on other applications.
Safe Documents Proposers Day
August 24, 2018, 2:00 PM ET
DARPA Conference Center
DARPA’s Information Innovation Office is hosting a Proposers Day to provide information to potential applicants on the structure and objectives of the Safe Documents (SafeDocs) program. The aim of SafeDocs is to restore trust in electronic documents and messages by mitigating one of the root causes of the Internet insecurity epidemic: exploitation of software's input-handling weaknesses via complex, maliciously crafted data inputs. The program will research methods to create technological assurance that an electronic document or message automatically checked and found well-formed is safe to open, as well as generate safer document formats that are subsets of the current untrustworthy ones, preserve existing information, and are also safe to open.
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Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Virtual Industry Day
August 24 – September 24, 2018
Online
DARPA’s Small Business Programs Office will host a virtual industry meeting beginning August 24, 2018, via https://SBIR_IndustryDay.darpa.mil. This virtual event will last for approximately one month. The purpose is to preview Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) topics that DARPA anticipates publishing in the forthcoming DoD STTR 18.C announcement. Participants will be able to view topics, presentations, and submission instructions, as well as schedule one-on-one calls with the topic authors.
Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
2016-2019
To Be Determined
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.