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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

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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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Challenge Extension

May 13, 2017, 10:22 a.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Greetings Challenge Community!

Let us start by saying thanks so much for being a part of this crowdsourcing project. We couldn’t do it without qualified and enthusiastic participants like yourselves.

After reviewing preliminary entries, we would like to offer innovators additional resources to clarify the challenge goals and give you more time. It is our hope that with these improvements, this crowdsourcing community will be much better equipped to reach an ideal solution. With only a few days remaining in the current submission phase, we’re announcing that the deadline for submission will be extended. That’s right, to all of you still working hard to get it all in, there’s no need to rush!

In the meantime, we’ll be calculating exactly how much longer the submission phase should be open to maximize the efficacy of this challenge, so please bear with us in that we don’t yet have a new official deadline for you.

Keep your eyes peeled -- and not just for the new submission date. In the coming week, we’ll be sending along a new timeline, additional informational resources, and even some clarification to competition that will help you craft the best possible submission.

In the meantime, keep pushing for your fluid system breakthroughs, and thanks for being understanding!

Questions? We have answers.

May 7, 2017, 9:57 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Do you have questions about the Fluid Genius Challenge? We're here to help. Head over to the challenge forum and ask away. We'll be monitoring the forum closely as we approach the submission deadline!


April 24, 2017, 3:59 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much to those who have been in communication with me over the past few days. We've heard your request for more time and we're thrilled to be able to offer you three more weeks to complete your submission. The new deadline is May 16th at 5pm EDT. 

But wait, don't stop reading yet...

If you submit your entry by the initial deadline of, TOMORROW, April 25th at 5pm EDT, the Onnovate Team will review and provide feedback on your preliminary submission. You will then be able to make any revisions prior to submitting your final entry. This is your opportunity to get the inside advantage!

If you have any questions, you can comment directly on this post. Best of luck and we look forward to providing feedback on early entries!


40 hours remaining -- begin your entry NOW

April 23, 2017, 10 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

There's exactly 40 hours left to submit your solution to the Fluid Genius Challenge.
You're so close. You can do this!  

Remember, the final submission deadline is April 25th at 5pm EDT. 

Ensure you begin your entry early, you can always save and revise your draft prior to the deadline.
Any last-minute questions or concerns can go right in the comments section this update.


7 days left to enter the Fluid Genius Challenge

April 18, 2017, 7:55 a.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Just a reminder you have seven days left to enter the Fluid Genius Challenge! Return to the challenge page to begin your entry -- you can always revise your entry and save a draft up to the submission deadline.


Be sure you also check out the parallel Nagging Fluid System Challenge to submit those annoying fluid system problems, no solution needed! The deadline for the Nagging Fluid System Challenge is also in just seven days.

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