Spectrum Collaboration Challenge Awards Four Teams with Half-Prizes

DARPA’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) has awarded four teams with $375,000 each for successfully passing the payline criterion, following the conclusion of the December preliminary event.   The payline criterion represents a fundamental test for SC2 radio designs – can collaborative, autonomous spectrum management outperform the status quo of manual spectrum allocation?  

The winning teams are:

  • BAM! Wireless, from Purdue University and Texas A&M University
  • How Make Radio, from Agitator LLC
  • Strawberry Jammer, from Northrop Grumman
  • Andersons, an independent competitor

At the conclusion of Preliminary Event #2 (PE2) in December, DARPA announced this additional opportunity for top ranked teams who did not receive PE2 prize money, to compete for secondary $375,000 prizes. Nine teams had an opportunity to update their radio designs, making modifications that would prove their autonomous systems could outperform the status quo of static spectrum allocation. Since the announcement in December, teams have been working tirelessly to make adjustments and resubmit their radio designs by the January 11 deadline.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of teams to successfully pass the PE2 payline to 10.  All 15 teams that qualified for PE2 now have an opportunity to continue to develop their radio designs and prepare for an opportunity to participate in SC2’s grand finale. The final roster of teams will compete for $2 million, $1 million and $750,000, respectively, for first, second and third place during SC2’s final event, which will be held as a live competition on October 23, 2019 at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles.