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Fluid Genius Challenge

Identify a recurring problem that plagues your industry and could be solved using a combination of fluid system components. Read Overview...
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Create the manufacturing infrastructure of the future

The world needs more Macgyvers like you. You have an extraordinary knack for solving problems and creating improvements.

We need your ingenuity to define a recurring problem in a critical gas or liquid process and develop a solution to that problem using fluid system components. Examples of fluid system components are items like valves, tubing, filters, regulators, fittings, etc. that work on tubing 2" or smaller in diameter.

The challenge is ideal for someone in engineering, operations, or maintenance. The industry could be aerospace, chemical/petrochemical, food processing, life sciences, oil and gas, power, semiconductor, ship building, alternative energy or any other industry with a critical gas or liquid application.

Do you have a recurring problem but no solution? We want to hear about that too!


What you can do to cause a breakthrough

  • Click "Follow the Challenge" above to be notified of any status updates to the challenge.
  • Click "ACCEPT CHALLENGE" above to register for the challenge. This will give you access to the submission form.
  • Click on the "Share" button or social media icons above to share this challenge with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.
  • Leave a comment in our Forum to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.

What are fluid systems? Fluid systems heat, cool, pressurize, purify, produce energy, or in some other way manage a liquid or gas using fluidic components such as (but not limited to) valves, tubing, filters, regulators and fittings.

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4 Ways Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

March 20, 2017, 4:46 a.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Have you thought about a forming a team to compete in this challenge? You should!

Teams can be formed directly on the challenge page by connecting in the forum.

Some of the advantages of forming a team include:

1. Accountability
Those deadlines are less likely to get away from you when you’re working with a group.

2. Shared workload
You know the old “divide and conquer?”  It works well for challenges! By finding a solid collaborative stride, a group of just three people can churn out a lot more than one person working alone.

3. Camaraderie
It might be hard for other people to relate to your lone wolf journey toward incentive competition conquest, but your team will be right there with you! A source of inspiration, motivation, and perhaps even fire-under-your-butt lighting, teammates can provide a huge emotional advantage. Just think - new internet friends!

4. Specialization
Maybe you’re a real visionary with an incredible concept, but are stuck on how the “nuts and bolts” fit together? Yeah, YOU need a team. Teammates who have the skills and special working knowledge can be a huge resource. And the benefits go both ways!

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your team will take some time to come together, so be sure to get ahead of it and start recruiting, reaching out, and networking about the challenge now. The forum is a great place to start. Also, feel free to browse the entire HeroX Community by specialization by checking out You can message as many people as you like to gauge interest!

Good luck everyone!

Maximize Your HeroX Profile

Feb. 26, 2017, 5:13 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

Hello everyone! 

The Fluid Genius Challenge is well underway, now, and it's fair to say most of your challenge-designated brain power is dedicated to solving it. Of course! That's exactly how it should be, which is why this update is here to remind you about your HeroX Profile. 

On your right-hand sidebar menu, your name and avatar should be visible at the top. If you click your name, you can see your full profile. 

One of the things that really helps other community members (and judges!) get to know you is the information you include. That's why there's an entire HeroX blog post full of tips for really making your profile shine. Check it out! 

Remember, might as well get the information in now and save yourself from forgetting to update before you submit your entry. 

Everybody likes to talk about themselves at least a little bit, right? ;)

Have you checked out both our Fluid System Challenges?

Feb. 12, 2017, 4:42 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

The Fluid Genius Challenge

We know you've heard about the Fluid Genius Challenge, that's why you're here! The Fluid Genius Challenge is your opportunity to 1) identify a recurring fluid systems problem in your industry and 2) suggest a solution for that problem using fluid system componenets.


The Nagging Fluid System Challenge

Have you identified a recurring fluid systems problem in your industry and do not have a solution? We want to hear about that too! You can enter just the problem in the Nagging Fluid System Challenge. No solution needed. You can even enter the problem you submitted to the Fluid Genius Challenge into the Nagging Fluid System Challenge AND you can enter multiple times!

So if you haven't already, head on over and sign up for the Nagging Fluid Systems Challenge!

Have You Reviewed the Submission Form Yet?

Feb. 3, 2017, 3:19 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

Happy Friday, innovator community! 

Hope you're all looking forward to a great weekend. If you find yourself with some spare time, however, it may be the best time to start reviewing the submission form, if you haven't already. 

In order to fully formulate your submission, it's critical to thoroughly understand the individual questions being asked on the form. After all, misunderstanding or neglecting certain parts of the form could potentially disqualify your solution. That's no good for anyone! 


Thanks for your early interest in the Fluid Genius Challenge!

Dec. 22, 2016, 1:51 p.m. PST by Maureen Murtha

We're glad you found your way to the Fluid Genius Challenge, and thanks for getting involved.

If you haven't yet, you may want to take some time and get acquainted with the challenge.
Here are few useful quick links: 

  • If you'd like to start a conversation with the challenge community, head over to our Forum.
  • As questions about the challenge come up, be sure to check the FAQ section for quick answers. 

Keep in mind you're getting a "sneak preview" of the challenge, as we are still in the pre-registration phase and not yet open for entry. Stay tuned our official launch announcement, when we open the challenge up for your solutions!