Executive Council
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
August 29, 2017

Premier Ball Congratulates Paradigm Hyperloop

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today congratulated Paradigm Hyperloop, for their second place finish at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Speed Competition in Hawthorne, California.

The Paradigm Hyperloop team is an alliance of students from Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic, and Northeastern University out of Boston, Massachusetts, that formed to develop a highly innovative design for what is considered the fifth mode of transportation – the Hyperloop.

The SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition was an open challenge to student teams across the globe to design and build Hyperloop test vehicles. Paradigm Hyperloop was one of the final 23 teams out of an initial 1,200 that competed in California at the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition. Using the air bearing design described in Elon Musk’s original Hyperloop paper, Paradigm Hyperloop achieved a speed of 101 kilometres per hour.

Members of Paradigm Hyperloop attending post-secondary school in Newfoundland and Labrador include Adam Keating, Mark Comeau, Nick Warren, Jeremy Andrews, Michael Duguay, Rowan Meaney, Liam Maher, Liam Cadigan, Darryl Day, Matt Lane, Kyle Genge, Stephanie Adey, Nicola Duffy, Matt Hickey, Steven Kennedy, Jack Chapman, Catherine Flynn, Allison Button, Roy Brushett, Max Belbin, and Abdul Iqbal.

As outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government is committed to re-setting the provincial innovation agenda by developing a long-term strategy to expand the pool and capacity of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic wealth generators, innovation and growth-focused businesses.

“Paradigm Hyperloop is a clear demonstration of the quality of work being produced by student’s right here in our province. Their quest for the fifth mode of transportation has revolutionized the scope and understanding of transportation research, and I hope these students fully recognize what they have accomplished. This team is made up of creative, innovative and talented university students from across North America with a passion to develop the future of transportation, and they have opened the eyes of many to what is possible. On behalf of the people of the province, I congratulate Paradigm Hyperloop and their commitment to learning, creativity and design.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“As Minister of Innovation, I applaud Paradigm Hyperloop for their second place finish at SpaceX and their continued dedication to transforming transportation technology. This innovative group of students has escaped the bounds of classroom learning, and has gained experience, skills, and knowledge that will certainly help increase the innovative capacity of the province. Our government is committed to creating an environment where innovators and entrepreneurs can flourish, and we proudly supported Paradigm Hyperloop financially in their quest for revolutionizing transportation.”
Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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