Indian Institute of Technology Madras is organizing India’s first Global Hyperloop Pod Competition to increase awareness and enthusiasm about Hyperloop in India. The competition is open globally and the final round will take place in the IIT Madras campus in July 2020.
Called the ‘Indian Hyperloop Pod Competition,’ the objective is to encourage student teams in India and abroad to develop a Hyperloop Pod and compete to build the fastest, most innovative and efficient design and prototype of the relevant technologies in the field. This competition is open to all the engineering colleges across the world, to ideate, design and implement their ideas for the Hyperloop Pods. Further information can be obtained from the event website – https://ihpc2020.web.app/
Hyperloop is the 5th mode of transportation, a high-speed train that travels in a near-vacuum tube. The reduced air resistance allows the capsule inside the tube to reach speeds of more than 1000 km/h, conveying people or objects at high speed while being very efficient, thereby drastically reducing travel times over medium-range distances. Mr. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla, proposed the idea of Hyperloop to the world in 2013 through a whitepaper ‘Hyperloop Alpha.’
Speaking about this competition, Prof. S.R. Chakravarthy, Faculty Advisor, Avishkar Hyperloop, said, “We are excited at the prospect of hosting this competition at IIT Madras. Hyperloop is a disruptive technology because it can potentially be an inter-city metro. We need to be at the forefront of developing this important technology to move a large number of people in a country like India. The competition is a great way of on-boarding the next generation for this developmental process.”
|31 March 2020||Intent to Compete Form Due|
|20 April 2020||Design Report Due|
|25 April 2020||Announcement of the Teams that have been shortlisted for the Final Round|
|9-11 July 2020||Pod Testing and Safety Checks|
|12 July 2020||Final Runs of all Pods|
Based on the evaluation of the submitted design reports, selected teams will be invited for the final round to showcase and test their prototype at IIT Madras from 9-12 July 2020. The teams here would be evaluated on the basis of various factors such as subsystem design, overall aesthetics, business plan amongst many others.
The judges/inspectors for each of the criteria will be one or more members of a panel consisting of professors, alumni and domain experts. The top 3 teams will be awarded finally based on their calculated cumulative score.
This competition will allow the selected teams to run their Pods on an open-air track, which would then eventually scale up to being enclosed in a vacuum tube.