Liquid Robotics is passionate about supporting innovative marine research using our revolutionary autonomous Wave Gliders that can explore even the most hostile or remote marine environments. This Thinkable competition challenges researchers across the world to come up with an innovative research project using our Wave Gliders, with a $2000 prize and the chance to use Wave Gliders over a 2-month period.
Whether a student, post-doc or established scientist, we want to ignite everyone’s imagination on what can be discovered and explored with our technology, so the application is made by creating a 3-minute research video with the winner to be chosen by an open-vote.
How to Enter?
Simply tell us about a research project or idea in a video of three minutes or less. Introduce yourself, the research idea using the Wave Gliders and its broader importance. We want the world to learn and be inspired by your research, so pitch your submissions to a general audience. There are no limitations on the style of video created to introduce you and your research idea.
Awarding the winner?
The winning research project will be awarded via an open-vote. Valid entries with most votes at the end of the voting period will be guaranteed a $2000 cash prize.
Use of the Wave Gliders
The use of the wave gliders by the winner will be subject to location and engineering constraints, so is not guaranteed. We will do all we can to support the pursuit of the idea using the wave gliders, however unforseen large costs/skills involved regarding integration or transportation may limit our ability to support the research idea. However, we guarantee a $2000 research grant to the winning researcher to help their current research, irrespective of whether the wave gliders can be used.
Who can Enter?
Researchers 18 years or older from anywhere around the world are all welcome to apply. Students, post-docs and early to mid-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply, but the award is open to all researchers. Independent researchers are also encouraged to apply. All researchers need to update their broad field of expertise in their Thinkable public research profile.
Submission Period Start: February 5, 2015, 11:59pm (GMT) Cutoff: July 2, 2015, 11:59pm (GMT)
Voting Period Start: July 3, 2015, 12:00am (GMT) Cutoff: July 17, 2015, 11:59 (GMT)
Entrants agree to the following legal terms :
Liquid Robotics reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and organization affiliation) and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who has reason to believe has breached any of these rules, tampered with the entry process or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise fair and proper conduct of the Award. Errors and omissions may be accepted at our discretion.
If this competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of Liquid Robotics, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, Liquid Robotics reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the competition, as appropriate.
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The oceans make up 70% of our planet and play a major role in regulating our climate along with hosting a wonderful array of living creatures from coral reefs to the Antarctic. However the oceans and the ecosystems that call it home are changing and traditional techniques for scientists to monitor, explore and understand our changing oceans have limitations in access, cost, space and time. The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider is an autonomous robot powered by waves and sun that allows real-time measurements of ocean properties for up to one-year at a time. Extreme events or hostile places tend to be off limits to traditional methods of gathering marine observations.
The power of the Liquid Robotics autonomous Wave Glider is that it can sample in conditions and places not previously possible. The Wave Glider has already been used on a range of different research expeditions that you can see here: http://liquidr.com/solutions/science-solutions.html. However, there is an unlimited potential for researchers to pursue completely new ideas and sample unexplored regions using our Wave Gliders as the platform. From graduate students to professors to innovators, we invite you to inspire us with research ideas not thought possible, so you can push the frontiers of knowledge and drive new discoveries about the marine environment.