visibility_off NEW! Early Bird prize opportunity!

We are thrilled to announce a new prize category in the next USMC Unmanned Cargo System challenge — Early Birds!In the GUNG HO Operation: Refine challenge, we will designate up to 10 (yes 10!) Early Bird submissions that meet a reduced set of challenge requirements 3 weeks after the challenge launches (June 18, 2018 7:00 AM UTC). If your Early Bird submission ends up as a valid entry by the end of the validation window (July 8, 2018), then you could win $500 USD! Our intent is to encourage the early publication of works-in-progress that provide insight and opportunities for collaboration. Share your design intent, reasoning, and important resources (points of inspiration, online articles, pdf excerpts, scrapbooks, data banks, etc.). If you expect difficulties in finishing your submission before the final deadline, call them out in your Early Bird submission to let other Launch Forth community members know you’d be open to tackling things as a team. So go short on glossy solutions, go heavy into gnarly problems, work out loud and post early! Your early draft could be designated as one of 10 Early Bird submissions-- then continue working towards a valid submission to earn your payout of $500 USD.

Early Bird Requirements: Submit as a PDF document titled “Early Bird @[insert your username]” that contains the following information:

  • The design intent, how your idea operates/works, and perhaps how it builds on the winning ideas from the concept challenge (max 500 words)
  • The intended level of detail for your full submission, including where you think your idea could be strengthened (use this opportunity to describe the skills of the ideal teammate!)
  • Approximate specifications (overall mass and system dimensions, as well as intended propulsion system)
  • Callouts of significant design elements, and how these will address the use cases & requirements (please use annotated illustrations)
  • 5+ weblinks to resources, such as inspirations, specialized technologies, related use cases, materials, or fabrication processes you intend to use in your entry

Early Bird Judging criteria: Valid submissions will be judged on how well they meet the requirements above, and the thoughtfulness of each description. The ideal submission will provide constructive insight into strengths and shortcomings of outstanding earlier contributions and offer a way for joint co-creation of a robust full entry.


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