Where’s (Col.) Waldo?

The Army Research and Development Engineering Command has kicked off a real-world challenge to find the best “virtual world” for itself, the Homeland Security Department, NASA and other federal agencies.

The challenge is designed to explore possibilities for using virtual worlds that have not, and may not have, ever been considered by government.

Contestants need to focus on use of virtual worlds used for training and analysis, but other than that, there are few rules for the contest — except companies or individuals with federal contracts can submit entries, but cannot win.

Submissions for the virtual world challenge are due by Nov. 15. The government will evaluate the submissions through January of next year, then top entries will be available for public evaluation. The winner will be announced at the 2010 Defense GameTech & Users Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 29-31.

The Army Research and Development Engineering Command has kicked off a real-world challenge to find the best “virtual world” for itself, the Homeland Security Department, NASA and other federal agencies.

The challenge is designed to explore possibilities for using virtual worlds that have not, and may not have, ever been considered by government.

Contestants need to focus on use of virtual worlds used for training and analysis, but other than that, there are few rules for the contest — except companies or individuals with federal contracts can submit entries, but cannot win.

Submissions for the virtual world challenge are due by Nov. 15. The government will evaluate the submissions through January of next year, then top entries will be available for public evaluation. The winner will be announced at the 2010 Defense GameTech & Users Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 29-31.

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