The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking game developers to build a mobile application that teaches players medical first responder skills.
DARPA envisions that the game could be used both for both medical training and in science classes. The game should also be customizable so that Navy corpsmen, medics and paramedics could use the application. “We are not seeking standard computer-based learning systems, but game-based interactive systems that are engaging and challenging to use,” according to solicitation documents.
The open call highlights the Pentagon’s push to challenge game developers to create more tools with real-world and educational purposes. Early last year, DARPA launched a grant program called Engage to create educational games to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The solicitation for the first responders’ game officially launches May 24. Proposals are due June 27.