Together, we are working to design a new vehicle that allows for modular adjustments to improve the Marine experience and their corresponding operations. New modules could be designed and customized on-base as new needs and use cases become discovered. Samples of use cases include:
Design Principles For every successful product there are a unique set of design principles that help guide and prioritize design decisions, ensuring that the end product effectively meets the needs of the end user as well as the standards of the company selling the product. The following design principles have been created to help you as a designer get inspiration, provide some guidance and understand where the USMC is trying to go with this project.
- MODULAR - Interoperability is all that matters . Design for standard connection points, sizes and feature sets to make it customizable to multiple use scenarios.
- BREAKABLE/HACKABLE - Design for the need, but anticipate the unexpected.New and specific needs will arise and Marines find ways to make things work for them, it’s what they do. Design with the understanding that the final product may be non-permanent, torn down or built up.
- UNDERSTANDABLE - Intuitive for users of all types to use, modify and share functional builds.Users of this system should not need to be trained on how it functions, how modules swap, or even how to easily modify it.
- FUNCTION OVER FORM - Fewer format features maximizing usability over aesthetics.This is an exercise in developing a well functioning system for a broad group of users. Aesthetic details should be used only to serve the purpose of the other design principles.
- CAPACITY - Room to hold more. More people, more equipment, more functions.One thing that there can never be enough of is storage and cargo space. As you design try to incorporate as much functional storage space as is possible. It won’t go unappreciated.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I submit completed/finished product?
- You can submit anything that falls within the challenge requirements. A completed design or product could be acceptable, provided it does not violate any copyright, patents, IP, or applicable laws.
- Why crowdsource?
- Crowdsourcing allows for a broad range of people and backgrounds to participate in the design of a product. Because of the differences in culture, experiences and knowledge, uncommon answers to the problem can be found. We believe that different perspectives stimulate broader and more robust solutions to problems we are trying to solve.
- Can a government contractor participate?
- There are currently no restrictions to contractors at this time. However you will need to comply with the terms and conditions. This may change without notice.
- Can an active, retired or reservist in the military participate? Do I have to have military experience to participate? (Aka who can participate?)
- Anyone can participate. We actively encourage those who are actively servicing in the U.S. military or have served to participate.
- Why with chosen contractors and subcontractors?
- The contractors that were selected for this project represent expertise in a field that should support and guide the design challenge to success.