Monday, February 18

Coast Guard Launches $225,000 Competition for Developing New PFDs

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The Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard just launched the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge, a competition to develop easier ways to find people in the water, with $225,000 in prize money.

The idea is to create new ways to find and rescue a man overboard. “Boater safety solutions that harness new designs and technologies can improve the chance of a successful rescue,” said William N. Bryan, from the DHS Directorate of Science and Technology. “New, innovative solutions are critical.”

The competition starts with ideas for a new or updated life jacket or PFD, or an additional device for boaters. The winning concepts must be effective, affordable and be able to be adopted widely by recreational boaters.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Oct. 15. Judges will select five winners for monetary prizes and five non-monetary honorable mention awards.

In a second phase of the competition, participants will pitch their ideas with the goal of developing them into working prototypes. In the final phase, the Coast Guard will actually test the prototypes in the water. Read more:




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