About 124 engineering teams from at least 120 universities across the United States will be competing in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend which is scheduled to take place January 29-30 at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
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The student competitor teams come from 27 US states, and over 1,000 students coming from 20 countries outside the US to participate at the event, where Hyperloop Pod design concepts and ideas would be presented to judges who would select the best ones to use as prototype for the proposed Hyperloop transport system.
The competing teams were shortlisted from hundreds of entries from willing participants worldwide, and these will present their prototype designs to SpaceX specialists, Tesla resource experts, and university judges. The winning design will be used by Elon Musk and his team to design and build the Hyperloop pod, which is a transportation system with amazing speeds such as the world has never seen on land.
The most impressive designs from the competing teams will be tested at Hyperloop Test Track which is currently being built by SpaceX close to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. However, the final competition phase will be held during the summer of 2016 and this is where the final winner will be announced.
Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation, will be having a private session with competing engineering student teams who have entered for the competition, discussing the future of transportation in the country with them and the parts they can play to see it evolve.
Together with the Hyperloop competition, the Texas A&M will also hold a Future Transport and Tech Fair event at the Hall of Champions center in Kyle Field. Here, various experiential exhibits will be made public and new technology will be showcased to show the innovated future of transportation within and outside the United States.
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Beginning on Friday, January 29 at the Memorial Student Center, the panel of judges for the Hyperloop design competition will start vetting submissions by 1 pm through to 8 am on Saturday morning. During the Future Transportation and Tech Fair event, the general public will be able to watch submissions for the Hyperloop designs competition from 1:30 pm to 6 pm Saturday at the Hall of Champions center.