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Walk on Water Challenge

Walk on Water Challenge

Design a durable pool cover safe enough to be walked on so families can enjoy their backyards during the cold months. Read Overview...
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Walk on Water Challenge

 

Backyard pools are awesome, except for those 4 - 6 months when it’s too cold to swim. Then the pool becomes an obstacle to using the backyard at all. I want to bring kids and families back outside by designing a durable pool cover that is safe enough to walk on (and skip on, jump on, wrestle on, dance on, . . . .)  This solution repurposes the concept of the entire backyard, not just the pool space alone.  A durable pool cover opens up the patio around the pool so that the entire combined areas (pool and hardscaping) can be covered with high quality cushioned artificial turf.  Presto chango! The entire area then becomes a space for play and entertaining.  A crew of 2-4 workers will be able to install and uninstall this pool cover in a single afternoon. 

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A Breakthrough in Pool Cover Design--Winners Announced!

Aug. 12, 2019, 4 p.m. PDT by Galvin Kennedy

I am proud to announce the winners in the Walk on Water Challenge.

By the close of the project, we received 21 entries from around the world. And, after seven weeks of judging, the award has been granted to two innovators: 

(1) Dario D’Amico from Italy; and 

(2) Bastian Stegen from Germany.  

Mr. D’Amico’s solution incorporates a universal bracket and fiberglass reinforced polymer joists which have multiple adjustable pieces that can accommodate virtually any shaped pool.  Mr. Stegen’s solution is based on floating cells that connect to one another. Both innovations have benefits that will be tested in the market to determine which one is favored. They stood out from other submissions because of their adaptability to multiple pool shapes and sizes and their potential to scale up quickly. 

Thanks to all of the innovators who participated.  We reviewed some creative concepts that clearly reflected hours and hours of preparation and serious thought by brilliant minds. While only two innovators ultimately win the award, there were so many other insightful solutions that we are confident many will do great things in the future. Thank you all for helping make this crowdsourcing project a success.

I would like to extend a special thanks to Joe Bous, who introduced me to HeroX and provided valuable insight into the vision of this project.  We would also like to thank all our supporters who in any way contributed to our community. Without you, we would not have had the innovator turnout that we did.

Warm regards,

Galvin Kennedy


Winning announcement timeline change

Aug. 9, 2019, 7:30 a.m. PDT by Despina Maliaka

Dear Innovators,

 

Thank you to all who have submitted a solution to the Walk on Water Challenge!

Your solution are currently going through the judging phase. The new date of the winning announcement is:

 

Monday, 12 August @ 3pm PT (Los Angeles)

 

We thank you for your patience!


One week left to submit!

June 14, 2019, 3 p.m. PDT by Despina Maliaka

Hello Innovators!

There's exactly one week left to submit your solution to the Walk on Water Challenge.

You're so close. You can do this, and I cannot wait to see your submissions!

Remember, the final submission deadline is June 21, 2019. 

No submissions received after this time will be accepted, so make sure to get yours in as soon as possible. Any last-minute questions or concerns can go right in the comments section of this update.

GOOD LUCK!


Walk on Water June 21 2019 Deadline!

June 7, 2019, 7:12 a.m. PDT by Galvin Kennedy

Hi Everyone, 

 

We have had an amazing response to the Walk on Water challenge so far.  We've also had nearly 5,000 people show interest in this project and about 130 innovators indicate they're going to submit a proposal.

 

Thanks to everyone who has already submitted their proposed solution to this challenge. We've had some really creative ideas influenced from all walks of life.  I'm already buying materials to run some tests on some of them.

 

My fellow judges and I are eager to see all the submissions.   Remember the deadline is around the corner on June 21, 2019. 

 

Thank you. 

 

Galvin 

 


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