Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
July 12, 2017

Supporting Entrepreneurs and Innovation

As part of its ongoing commitment to support innovation in the province, the Provincial Government today announced an investment of $14,571 for MUN Hyperloop, a team project that stimulates innovation and develops the province’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) capabilities on a global scale.

Newfoundland Hyperloop Student Group is comprised of students from Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic and works in conjunction with remote teams from Northeastern University as Paradigm Hyperloop, to collaboratively innovate new technologies focused on delivering a ground mode of transportation at speeds over 700 MPH.

This alliance is one of the final 23 teams out of an initial 1,200 that will compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition in August 2017. The competition’s goal is to accelerate the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging teams to design and build the best high-speed pod.

Paradigm Hyperloop students gain experience and skills that are not possible from curriculum-based learning. Some of these skills are mechanical design, manufacturing, 3D modeling software ability and simulation software ability while also learning and growing with innovative individuals around them. Through gaining this experience students are able to increase their personal networks and open themselves to opportunities.

Individuals from Paradigm Hyperloop have had the opportunity to work for Apple, Tesla, Reflexion Medical, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and many other new and innovative companies. Also, members of this team from Memorial University have begun their own companies such as CoLab Software Inc., DuXion Motors Inc, Fitsu, and BlueBrick Design & Development Inc. This not only benefits the students, but increases the capacity of the province.

"Hyperloop started as a revolutionary idea and could possibly become the future of transportation. It’s amazing to know our students from Memorial University are involved in this game-changing transportation research, and that its engineering and science programs are being recognized internationally. As the only Canadian school in the upcoming SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, I congratulate MUN’s team for their continued commitment to learning, creativity and design that escapes the bounds of classroom learning. As outlined in The Way Forward, our government is committed strengthening and diversifying the economy, and creating an environment where innovation can flourish."
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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The Honourable Chris Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, congratulated members of MUN Hyperloop and wished the team luck at the 2017 SpaceX Hyperloop Competition - July 12.

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Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
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2017 07 12                             2:55 p.m.