DARPA Robotics Challenge June 5-6

Twenty-five of the top robotics organizations in the world will gather to compete for $3.5 million in prizes as they attempt a simulated disaster-response course. The event is free to attend and open to the public. It takes place at Fairplex (home of the LA County Fair) in Pomona, California, just east of downtown Los Angeles.

The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It was designed to be extremely difficult. Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

The DRC Finals will take place from June 5-6, 2015 at Fairplex in Pomona, California. The DRC Finals will require robots to attempt a circuit of consecutive physical tasks, with degraded communications between the robots and their operators; the winning team will receive a $2 million grand prize; DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team.

Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.

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Free CISCO Live for students in San Diego

High School Seniors in the San Diego Area who are at least 18 years old by June 8, 2015 and who are soon to be enrolled in college are invited to Cisco Live for a special day of learning and mentorship.

Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. Thursday June 11, 2015 has been set aside to include a full day of activities designed especially for students to increase their knowledge on how best to prepare for a career in IT.

Students who attend the 2015 Cisco Live will:

  • Get inspired about their future
  • Hear industry innovators discuss how technology is changing how we work, live, play and learn
  • Learn from the experts about how the Internet of Everything (IOE) is connecting people, process data and things
  • Learn what jobs are being created in the future IOE economy and how to help improve the world with IoE skils
  • Learn how to best prepare to be a future innovator
  • Attend the exhibit hall that houses over 200 partners and vendors
  • Hear from special guest speakers about the new IT careers

Registration is FREE. Interested eligible students may register now for a Student Day Pass.