News / School of Information Sciences to join iSchools in DARPA Network Challenge 

Dear iSchool faculty, students and alums:

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Internet, the iSchool community is participating in the DARPA Network Challenge!  The Challenge asks a group of people to find and communicate the location of 10, eight-foot red balloons anchored at 10 locations across the United States as quickly as possible on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The Research Deans at the iSchools have banded together to compete…and win…the DARPA Challenge!

Not only is the competition fun, we think it provides a great opportunity to study the impact of social networking tools and information communication and technologies on mobilizing a community and solving a problem.

We need your help! Please use your network of friends, family, and colleagues to search for the 10 red balloons.

If you see any of the balloons (or if your friends do) on December 5, you’ll be able to let us know by phone, text, tweet, or e-mail.  The contact information will be posted to the iSchools Web page closer to the event. For more information, visit  If you participate, you’ll have a chance to win prizes.  If the iSchool group wins, a cash prize will be awarded by DARPA – the proceeds will be used to support an iSchool student travel fund.

The contest is being sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The iSchool Research Deans hope that you’ll join together to compete as an iSchool group!

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