DARPA AI Adult Learning Tools Contest Open for $750,000 in Prizes – THE Journal

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DARPA AI Adult Learning Tools Contest Open for $750,000 in Prizes

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)an arm of the US Department of Defense (DOD), is taking proposals to compete for $750,000 in prizes to develop projects that use innovative approaches to AI, such as self-directed and remote AI tutoring, to train adults for current and future national security personnel.

DARPA invites technologists, researchers, students (including minors), educators, and “creators of cutting-edge digital learning platforms or AI techniques to submit AI tools or technologies capable of address the critical challenges facing adult learners,” the agency said. The selected tools will seek to create new personalized skills learning experiences for adults who have completed post-secondary education. Read the DARPA AI Tools for Adult Learning FAQ for more information.

The contest is open to US citizens, permanent residents or US entities. Non-US entrants may be part of a team but are not eligible to directly receive any portion of a prize. Go here to complete an eligibility quiz.

There are three levels of reward:

  • Catalyst ($50,000): For new entrants, including students, teachers, civic technologists, or those who need that first spark of support to get started.

  • Growth ($100,000): For teams that have a minimum viable product with some users that their new idea will build on.

  • Transform ($250,000): For teams with an established platform with 10,000+ users that the new idea will build on.

Teams that qualify for the highest rewards can compete for lower rewards if their project is in its early stages.

The deadline for submit abstracts is December 18, 2022. A free virtual engineering community networking meeting
takes place the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. EST. The next one will be on December 14, 2022. Learn more about DARPA here.

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Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab High School teacher and middle school English teacher.



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