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.

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


Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit
August 15-22, 2019
Eleven Systems teams from around the world will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artifacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh research mine in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit August 15-22, 2019.
Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effecters (CRANE) Proposers Day
August 26, 2019, 8:30 AM ET
Executive Conference Center
The Tactical Technology Office is holding a Proposers Day meeting to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the new Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effecters (CRANE) program and to facilitate teaming. The goal of CRANE is to design, build, and flight-test a new and novel aircraft that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) technologies as a primary design consideration. By optimizing an aircraft for AFC from a clean sheet approach, CRANE aims to mature and demonstrate new trade spaces for future aircraft designs.
Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) Proposers Day
August 28, 2019, 8:00 AM EDT
DARPA Conference Center
The Information Innovation Office is holding a Proposers Day meeting to provide information to potential performers on the new Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program. SemaFor seeks to develop innovative semantic technologies for automatically analyzing multi-modal media assets (i.e., text, audio, image, video) to defend against large-scale, automated disinformation attacks. Semantic detection algorithms will determine if media is generated or manipulated; attribution algorithms will infer if media originates from a particular organization or individual; characterization algorithms will reason about whether media was generated or manipulated for malicious purposes. The results of detection, attribution, and characterization algorithms will be used to develop explanations for system decisions and prioritize assets for analyst review. SemaFor technologies could help to identify, understand, and deter adversary disinformation campaigns.
ReSource Proposers Day Meeting & Webinar
August 29, 2019, 8:00 AM EDT
Embassy Suites by Hilton
The Biological Technologies Office is holding a Proposers Day meeting and webcast to provide information to potential performers on the new ReSource program. The primary objective of ReSource is to provide the military with the ability to rapidly and efficiently up-convert military waste into valuable resources onsite and on demand. By the end of the program, developed platforms should be capable of resourcing on-demand products that could include the following: edible macronutrients; traditionally petroleum-derived products such as lubricants, adhesives, and tactical fibers; potable water; and other value-added molecules for an emergency ration (e.g., caffeine).
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.