This project will be to research sea life and the environment they live in to optimise the design of a small submersible that could be used for underwater research, photography or for recreational purposes. The idea is to create a vessel that is powered by solar and hydro power. Grow interest in the project by writing a blog about the trip, as well as the research that is being done, show the sea life that is encountered as well as talking about the design process.
In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?
The idea would be to design a small vessel that can run under water as well as a boat on the surface. It is to also to create an efficient yet small hydro-electric generator that can be used on a boat or small submersible to help power the craft. All the while blogging about the experience and encouraging people to do the same thing, chase their dreams and make them a reality.
How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?
Most of the research and design components of the project. This will be a good base to look for investors. The 100 days will be used to monitor the environment as well as the study of the wild life that lives in that environment. This would be done to achieve the most efficient design possible that can be used for researchers, photographers and as a recreational vehicle. As well as blogging about the trip and the progress to create interest.
Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?
This is a project that will be worked on by myself in the early stages, although if there are photographers on-board, any help with the research would be awesome! But the idea is to initiate the project solely, then bring a team together to refine the concept.
Why should your project be chosen?
This project should be chosen because this is a match made in heaven for Coboat. Being able to travel, experiencing new sea life, and cultures that have been living there for hundreds of years would bring a huge amount to the project. It would also allow the environmental aspects of the design to be greatly advanced, the design would be optimised to minimising the presence to the sea life and the effects it would have on the environment, This is to be done with a new power generation system
What does this project mean to you?
Growing up on the coast of Australia I spent every day of my childhood at the beach, I could swim before I could walk, I learnt to surf not long after I learnt how to ride a bike. I would dive as much as I could as well. When I was older, I was into racing IRB's (inflatable rescue boats) one thing that I has always been unreachable has been underwater transportation. This project has been a dream since I was a child. Working on this in an environment such as CoBoat would be a dream come true.
Why do you want to do this project?
As an Engineer you spend a lot of time in a lab or at your computer, doing something like this brings both aspects of my life together and brings one of my childhood dreams into reality. Working on this project in an environment such as CoBoat will allow me to create a product that will benefit a lot of people in the future, whether it is for research, photography, or recreation. This could also be used in search and rescue operations, which has been a big part of the last few years of my life.
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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background. How do you fit into a team? What have you done before within the field of your idea?
With degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. With this I have been working for Deakin University as a Product Development Engineer working on projects from Stem Cell Bio-Reactors and 3D imaging to smart lights for bicycles. As well as working for the Australian Defence Force as an Engineer. Growing up on the coast in Australia, I have had national success in Surf lifesaving, and been a lifeguard for 7 years. My life revolves around the ocean, and want to explore more of it.