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USAF to Launch Contest for Robotic Process Automation Systems

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Two directorates within the U.S. Air Force (USAF) are preparing to launch a new event that will challenge procurement officers to deliver an automated workload reduction system.

USAF said Friday its Digital Directorate and Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate will host the competition titled the “Building Digital Wingman Challenge" on March 15.

The event will feature a bot-building competition, a discussion panel, training events and coaching about RPA technologies.

The effort seeks a robotic process automation system that would perform repetitive computer tasks in place of human users, who can then instead focus on more important work.

“This is an opportunity to create real and useful software applications and create solutions for obsolete processes we use in conducting our acquisition business – a chance to solve that frustrating manual process that can be readily automated,” said Steven Wert, Digital program executive officer.

A team from Hanscom Air Force Base demonstrated RPA's support capabilities in a competition held last year by the Air Force's vice chief of staff. The team's Bouncer Bot system helped the base's personnel perform security checks on the base's guests.

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