DARPA Hackfest Team Applications

Request for Applications (RFA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is requesting applications to participate in the Missions of the DARPA Bay Area Hackfest to be held at NASA Ames starting 9:00 AM (PST) November 13 and ending at 5:00 PM (PST) November 17. Participation in the Hackfest Missions is contingent upon selection by the DARPA Program Manager based on the qualifications expressed within the application. DARPA is looking for teams with breadth of engineering and software skills to develop new ideas for using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with an attached software defined radio (SDR). Teams that apply should showcase experience in areas involving these two technologies as well as an intent on continued work in this area either through commercialization of developed technology or through future funding by DARPA.


DARPA invites participation from all those engaged in related research activities and appreciates responses from all capable and qualified sources including, but not limited to, universities, university-affiliated research centers (UARCs), Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), private or public companies and Government research laboratories.

Disclaimers and Important Notes

This is an RFA issued solely for applications to participate in the DARPA SDR Hackfest at the NASA Ames Conference Center on November 13–17, 2017; it does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals. In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this RFA are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government as such.

Responses do not bind DARPA to any further actions related to this topic including requesting follow-on proposals from respondents to this RFA.

Submission is voluntary and is not required to propose to a subsequent Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (if any) or other research solicitation (if any) on this topic.

DARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFA.

Respondents are advised that DARPA is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the applications received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFA.

DARPA will disclose submission contents only for the purpose of review. Submissions may be reviewed by the Government (DARPA and partners); Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs); and Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) support contractors.

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