A lot has been happening related to NASA Centennial Challenges in the last few weeks, so here's an update that focuses mainly on them.
Some teams are anxious to learn more about the rules and team agreement for the Sample Return Robot Challenge:
Update on Challenge
Status Update - Sample Return Robot Challenge
As you can see, starting a major prize competition can be quite a challenge in itself.
Team Phoenicia to hold 2nd Nanosat launcher seminar - RLV News - From the Team Phoenicia post:
This will be upgraded to a two day event based on the feedback that we have received. Food and drink will be provided. There will be speakers in the vein of last time, but additionally all potential teams that wish to present will be able to do so on a first come, first serve basis until the slots are filled. Potential suppliers for the teams will also be given time to present as well.
Tech Could Beam Power to Drones - Lasers could power drones in flight and remove the need for gas deliveries to army bases. - Discovery News covers LaserMotive, the winner of the most recent Beam Power ...