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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...

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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  • 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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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.

Time is running out!

April 14, 2017, 10:14 a.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

You only have eleven days left to submit your to the Fluid Genius Challenge! If you haven't already, head over to the challenge page to begin your submission. You can revise your submission up until the final deadline.

What fluid system components should I incorporate into my product?

Here is a list of common components in a fluid system. Your product design should contain primarily high quality, stainless steel fluidic components in a size of 2” or less. Ideally, the component cost will comprise at least 20% of the total value of your product.

  • Tube Fittings are components that connect to tubing.
  • Valves regulate, direct or control the flow of a liquid or gas by opening, closing, or partially obstructing various passageways.
  • Check and Relief Valves prevent the flow of a liquid or gas in one direction or relieve the pressure.
  • Regulators provide reliable pressure control.
  • Quick Connects are an easy way to connect and disconnect fluid lines.
  • Measurement devices such as gauges, flow sensors and thermometers
  • Tubing can be made in a wide range of sizes, forms, and alloys and other materials such as stainless steel, nylon, and rubber.
  • Filters allow you to filter your liquids and gasses, preventing pump contamination and damage.


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!

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