The Air Force has launched a great new website, The Air Force Collaboratory, designed to crowdsource solutions to research projects. As noted in an FCW article: “The first-level purpose of the site is to involve young people, in a collaborative way, in dealing with a tough technical challenge for the government. This is not a contest; there are no prizes. Instead, the site appeals both to a desire to excel and a desire to serve, both important themes for the Air Force.”
Its first three projects include:
- Search and Rescue 2.0 – Develop new technologies through rapid prototyping to save lives trapped in collapsed structures
- Mind of a Quadrotor – Build a system that allows a quadrotor to navigate its surroundings with minimal human interaction
- Launch of GPS IIF – Target the precise coordinates within the GPS Constellation to launch our newest GPS satellite.
Kudos to the Air Force for leaning forward with another digital collaboration site reaching beyond its traditional enterprise.