The team behind Hyperloop One is looking for a great city to build its high-speed mass transit system, and they want to come to your town.
Dubbed the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, the competition invites teams anywhere on Earth to put forward a comprehensive commercial, transport, economic and policy case for their cities, regions or countries to be considered to host the first-ever hyperloop networks. To be clear: They’re not asking for engineering pitches, but economic pitches.
The contest is being led by an international jury of transport, technology, economic and innovation experts, and the company wants to collaborate with applicants who “most powerfully make the case for how Hyperloop would not only transform passenger and cargo transport in their locations, but also how that Hyperloop transformation will drive economic growth, generate opportunities for development, and create radically new opportunities for people to live anywhere, work anywhere and be anywhere.”
Basically, they’re looking for sites where a hyperloop is most likely to be a hit.
Assuming some promising cities start pitching, this could be a smart move for Hyperloop One. The ultra-fast tech needs a real proving ground, and this will take the legwork out of figuring out the best sites, plus ensure everyone on the list is already interested in working out the kinks and making a deal.
So hit up your mayor (or governor, or senators) and try to get the ball rolling. Hyperloops for all!