MIT RED BALLOON TEAM WINS DARPA NETWORK CHALLENGE

DARPA has announced that the MIT Red Balloon Team has won the 2009 DARPA Network Challenge.

DARPA Network Challenge Balloon Locations

DARPA Network Challenge Balloon Locations


It will be interesting to see whether the MIT team‘s win was due to their technological proficiency or their multi-level-marketing approach to rewarding balloon spotters and referrers. Here is how they are planning to distribute the $40,000 reward:

We’re giving $2000 per balloon to the first person to send us the correct coordinates, but that’s not all — we’re also giving $1000 to the person who invited them. Then we’re giving $500 whoever invited the inviter, and $250 to whoever invited them, and so on.

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