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Re: Social Networkers to Chase Red Balloons for $40K Prize
Posted by: Renay San Miguel 2009-12-02 09:40:47
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In the 1956 Oscar-winning short film "The Red Balloon," it was the balloon that did all the chasing of a little French boy. This weekend, you can turn the tables on the helium-filled children's playthings as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and its Network Challenge -- a race to be the first to find the locations of 10 red balloons somewhere in the continental U.S. However, unlike the cable-friendly antics of a certain notorious Colorado family, this balloon chase is on the up-and-up.

Team DeciNena
Posted by: DeciNena 2009-12-04 15:04:10 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
Team DeciNena (think of the 80's song about 99 Red Balloons) is one of the best-organized and fastest growing, and we are now incorporating other teams into our web site and recruiting teams to join us if they feel they are too small to compete alone.

We are offering to share part of the prize money with all participants who are active on Dec 5th, not JUST the actual balloon finder (who will receive a larger reward).

Join us, and tell all your friends. That's what the whole goal of the challenge is -- to build large teams quickly.


report red balloon on sat, help red cross!
Posted by: ispyred 2009-12-04 05:28:18 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
We have a strong team (I Spy a Red Balloon) that is giving all of the prize money to charity (Red Cross). If you see a red balloon in the sky on Dec. 5th, let us know at:

or at facebook
(text messages): (262) I-SPY-SPY (262-477-9779)

Posted by: mit_team 2009-12-03 14:14:20 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
Join the MIT team, invite your friends and you can win money, help
science, and help charity!

Find all the information about our approach at


The MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team

We have a real Red Balloon photo!
Posted by: joncannell 2009-12-03 11:56:07 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
We have set up a website for folks who want to join our team http://www.red-balloons.com - We are on Facebook (Red Balloon Challenge). Visit our website to see what the red balloons actually look like. :)

Join our team!
Posted by: flyingcupcake 2009-12-02 09:58:56 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
What are the chances of being the first to report a balloon to the group that actually succeeds in winning? The low probability of receiving a smallish cash award isnít worth the effort. We're offering a better prize. We feel the best way to get people involved is to share the wealth by investing the money into something we can all share, like building a giant flying cupcake entirely out of balloons.

Yes, I'm completely serious.

If you help Larry Moss win the DARPA Challenge- we'll build a giant (30' tall) flying cupcake entirely out of balloons. Join us! http://bit.ly/4HlenC
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