Search Innovators Wanted. Cash Awaits!

January 31, 2011

There are more search entrepreneurs than we can track. Just last week we had a conversation with a self-proclaimed “expert” in next generation search. The system was so secret that we had no idea what it did. Then we got a weird phone call wanting to know if the goslings would talk with the self-proclaimed expert’s dad. Well, we walked away from that sort of craziness. Wow.

If you are a search entrepreneur and no one at Beyond Search will speak with you, then you want to know about MITRE’s unusual program. If you don’t know much about MITRE, well, you will want to do a little home work. We love the outfit, having been in a MITRE office for money several years ago. You can do your own home work here. spreads the word about an important initiative in “MITRE Launches Challenge: Invites Ideas from Industry, Academia, and Individuals.” A not-for-profit, MITRE provides crucial support to the federal government. It’s looking for innovative minds in it’s MITRE Challenge, a contest to provide solutions to specific problems:

” ‘I’m excited about tapping into the best minds to uncover solutions to real-world challenges facing federal government agencies,’ said Keith J. Miller, principal artificial intelligence engineer and project leader of the Challenge. ‘. . . Our hope is that the spirit of collegial competition will fast-track the development of critical innovations.’ “

The first challenge, scheduled to end sometime this spring, could be just the ticket for some search and data fusion vendors. The goal is to create multicultural name matching software, which could help with everything from managing no-fly lists to reuniting families after a disaster. Details can be found here.

We’re curious to see what MITRE will do with these insights once each phase of the contest is over. If you know the self-proclaimed expert, maybe his dad will fill you in. The family obviously knows everything about everything.

Cynthia Murrell January 31, 2011


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