Inspiration, collaboration and high-tech creation

The Air Force Collaboratory was the first digital collaborative platform that paired students with Air Force experts to solve some of the Air Force’s toughest challenges. In the end, students and the Air Force developed the “Arachnipede”—a 3D-printed microbot that will be deployed after natural disasters to locate trapped life—as well as launched a $200 million GPS satellite into a precise position in space. The Collaboratory was heralded as the next-generation classroom and took home a Gold and two Silver Lions from Cannes.