RLOOP wins dubai award
A team of 12 rLoopers participated in a 48 hour design competition hosted by BuildEarthLive which pitted an assortment of renowned Architecture, Transportation, and Engineering firms, as well as University teams, in a race against time. The goal? To design an effective Hyperloop infrastructure and route connecting three terminals - Dubai International Airport, Fujairah International Airport on the Gulf of Oman, and Jebel Ali Al Maktoum International Airport. The rLoop route would shorten travel times from over 2 hours to just 10 minutes via the Hyperloop. The rLoop team was the only team that was neither corporate nor university, being the world’s first crowdsourced engineering team.
A panel of expert judges had chosen 65 teams to compete in the semi-finals from an initial pool of over 250 entrants. The panel includes specialists from architecture, construction, and the Hyperloop, representatives from local and international government entities, and representatives of government and private-sector institutions in Dubai and the UAE, the US, and the UK. The rLoop team for this competition included professionals from around the globe including Canada, the United States, Nigeria, the UK, Romania, and Hong Kong.
The rLoop Team took home the "Hyperloop Design, Drama, and Excitement Award" after presenting their concept in Dubai. The success of the crowdsourced engineering team over the internet in Dubai marks the increasing maturity of a new paradigm: rLoop is showing that research, development, and technology can be designed and created in an entirely new way, and the result is the design award victory as seen in Dubai.