Meet the Finalists of DARPA’s Building an Adaptive & Competitive Workforce Track | 2023-24 Tools Competition

Meet the Finalists of the DARPA’s
We are excited to announce the 16 finalists named in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Building an Adaptive and Competitive Workforce track through the 2023-24 Tools Competition!
In this track, more than 230 participants sought to help adult learners develop critical skills necessary for the current and future national security workforce, while advancing learning engineering as a whole.
Tools in this track aim to support adults in navigating new career paths and mastering the complex skills needed to access in-demand jobs—particularly in quickly growing STEM fields such as data science. Leveraging advanced technologies, like AI and large language models, these tools support diverse methodologies for meeting the unique needs of adult learners,  including expanding opportunities for historically marginalized communities. From self-directed learning innovations and intelligent tutoring systems to simulation and gamified experiences, applicants are striving to facilitate adaptive learning for continuous career development and lifelong success.

Read on to learn about this year’s finalists. Winners for all tracks will be announced in later this summer.

Catalyst Award Level ($50,000) for early-stage ideas or products.
Growth Award Level ($150,000) for products with some users and scale.
Transform Award Level ($300,000) for established platforms with 100,000 or more users.
See finalists for all Tools Competition tracks here.
The Tools Competition has three phases and multiple award levels to help winners create or enhance their tools. In this current third and final phase, finalists will pitch their tool before a panel of judges who will nominate winners in each track. 

This marks the second year DARPA has sponsored a track through the Tools Competition with six teams receiving funding during the 2022-2023 cycle. Each year, DARPA has dedicated $750,000 to award innovations aimed at reimagining and strengthening adult learning, and we look forward to adding more teams to their list of cutting-edge awardees

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Meet the finalists for the Building an Adaptive & Competitive Workforce track here. Meet the finalists for all other tracks here.