The Water Channel is offering US$500 for the best idea for an alternative to the jerrycan. The ergonomics of jerrycans, which up to 80 million women in Africa have to use to carry water daily, can result in a high prevalence of spinal and back pain. There are a few alternatives like the water back pack and Hippo Roller, but the Water Channel is looking for fresh ideas: either to promote existing improved devices, or breakthrough designs as alternative options. The deadline is Dec. 15, 2012. Send idea and proposal entries to email@example.com.
The Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge invites middle school, high school, and college-level students worldwide to send the Stratasys 3D printing company their best, innovative, and creative redesigns. Everyone who enters a design will receive an official Extreme Redesign t-shirt. The top 10 entries for each category will be printed on a Stratasys 3D Printer. After final judging, 3D models will be sent to students along with a $50 USD (approximately €35) gift card. Additional first, second, and third place prizes will also be awarded to the winning entries in each of the three categories.
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are hosting an open innovation challenge with the goal of showing how next-generation networks can revolutionize healthcare, education, public safety, energy, and more. Participants win funding and support to make their apps a reality. $485,000 in prizes are available across three rounds.
For the second year, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is sending student experiments 98 miles into space as part of an educational project called RockSat-X, a joint effort between the space agency and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. This year’s experiments were developed by teams from Baylor University and Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Puerto Rico.
A record 25 student engineering teams designed, built and then raced hybrid and electric racecars in the April 29 – May 2 Formula Hybrid International Race, now in its sixth year. IEEE’s The Institute reported that teams from Brigham Young University and Universite de Sherbrooke, in Quebec, jointly won first place in the hybrid category. The Canadian team also won the Ford Efficiency Award for the best engineered and executed energy-efficient design.