Dec 5, 2009 WE FOUND ALL THE BALLOONS!!! Posted in: Miscellaneous YYYYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME JOB GUYS!!!! WE WON THE DARPA CHALLENGE!!!!!!! CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! Comments (Closed after 30 days to reduce spam) Congratulations indeed! Maybe you will be on the Rachel Maddow Show now.....she was very enthusiastic about this challenge, and was anxious to see who would win. Certainly impressive, best wishes with finals also. Posted by: congratulations! on December 5, 2009 AWESOME. I feel really lame being this excited, but I am. Posted by: Liz ('14?) on December 5, 2009 How much did you end up getting? Posted by: 0 on December 5, 2009 That is pro. Posted by: Rishi on December 5, 2009 Already? In the nine hours? WOW. Where were they? Posted by: Lydia AK on December 5, 2009 I just tried to "like" this as though it were on facebook. Posted by: Anonymous on December 5, 2009 Quite impressive! Hope DARPA would release everything they learn (after their meeting with teams) about the approaches and strategies used to collect information. Posted by: BP on December 6, 2009 solid! that's so amazing Posted by: 0 on December 6, 2009 How cool! I signed up to be on your team because I had to travel a bit today...never saw a balloon but it appears from your map that I was within about 15 miles! Congratulations! Yea!!!!! Posted by: las1 on December 6, 2009 YAYY! I was so excited when I saw the post from yesterday...and when I checked who won, I kind of held my breath I shouldn't have; obviously MIT would...with its awesome people and prefrosh! Posted by: 0 on December 6, 2009 Yayy MIT! Congrats all of you! Posted by: Val'14? on December 6, 2009 Oh man, I was watching George Hotz (the iPhone hacker) try to get all of these by commanding masses of Twitterfolk, and I saw MIT win That was awesome Posted by: Anshu Chimala on December 6, 2009 You guys are on CNN now... Posted by: Mike on December 6, 2009 Indeed amazing! Did you guys track their directions by calculating with some physics formula? ) Posted by: 0 on December 6, 2009 Congrats everyone! :D Posted by: VAL ('14?) on December 6, 2009 I can't believe there was one just 10 miles from my house (downtown Portland)... Posted by: Rishi on December 6, 2009 Check thia one. =) http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/12/05/darpa.balloon.challenge/index.html Posted by: Val'14? on December 6, 2009 Oops, should be "this" site. Posted by: Val'14? on December 6, 2009 This is awesome!!! I wish I could've been in SF to see the balloon (40 mi. away, meh) Did MIT participate in other DARPA challenges (like the urban and grand one involving autonomous vehicles)? Posted by: neongreen on December 6, 2009 Congrats to the MIT team- great job! Posted by: Mom out west on December 6, 2009 Awesome congratz on the accomplishment :D Posted by: Alan on December 6, 2009 AWESOME. =) Great job. Same with Anon 8:58AM, did you? Posted by: Justin on December 6, 2009 Congratulations! That's so exciting :D I wish I could have helped... Posted by: Olivia ('14?) on December 6, 2009 Congratzzzz! Posted by: Den on December 6, 2009 Boo MIT! Nerd Fighters did it for charity! You did it for keeps. Nerd Fighters rule, MIT drools. Posted by: Eva Creswell on December 7, 2009 I was actually really hoping that the Nerdfighters would win...they were going to donate all $40,000 to charity, and they're a really strong, awesome community of geeky people who like to talk about really important issues, like homelessness and poverty and political upheaval... (The Nerdfighters can be found here: http://nerdfighters.ning.com/) I guess it's cool that MIT won. It would be cooler if the money were going to a good cause, though. I sort of feel like anyone who had the time and money to go around looking for the balloons probably doesn't really need it. Posted by: Alie '11 on December 7, 2009 Is it lame if I was rooting for the youtube Nerdfighter group? (http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers) Congrats guys but that WAS for Charity... Posted by: Christine on December 7, 2009 MIT is on the yahoo homepage now.though it links to this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/07/darpa-challenge Posted by: jialing on December 7, 2009 actually, MIT did say that most of its money would go to charity, but part of the money went to the ppl who found the indivudual balloons. the way MIT set up the search and their ability to find the balloons so fast is a testiment to their capablilities (as well as the power of the internet XD) Posted by: Yaman on December 8, 2009 CONGRATULATION ON THE VICTORY it was amazing and unbelievable that you were all able to finish it so fast i am one of the "MIT dream boys" so if i get it or i don't, i would still like to know how you guys did it Posted by: ahmed on December 10, 2009 Comments have been closed.