Kick-Off September 1st, 2019
Competition details are released and teams will begin to form their ideas around the given objective.
Teams begin proposals. Requirements for proposals are outlined in a reference document, “Proposal Submissions.”
Intent to Compete – Due October 18th, 2019
Before submitting a proposal, teams must complete and submit an Intent to Compete form. This ensures that the teams submitting proposals are dedicated to the work set forth by their submission.
Teams submit proposals.
Up to ten (10) qualifying teams will be selected to advance to further stages of the competition.
SUB-SECTION DEVELOPMENT PHASE
Proof of Concept
Selected teams will begin work on their Proof of Concepts. More information on Proof of Concepts may be found on the “Competition Overview” document.
Statements of Work
Selected teams will be required to submit Statements of Work that outline important project items, such as budget and period of performance.
Funding – Phase I
To ensure teams have the resources to develop Proof of Concepts, FirePoint will provide up to $10,000 for project development to each team.
After reviewing teams’ Proof of Concepts, up to four (4) teams will be selected to advance to the final phases of the competition.
SUB-SECTION FABRICATION PHASE
Teams will begin physical manufacturing of their prototype using the methods they outlined in their Statements of Work.
Convergence Series: Workshop #1
During the first Convergence Series Workshop, a limited number of team members will be invited to a co-working event to present Proof of Concepts, begin integration discussion, and gain knowledge from industry experts.
Funding – Phase II
FirePoint will award successful teams up to an additional $25,000 per team to continue fabrication of their subsystem.
Convergence Series: Workshop #2
During the second Convergence Series Workshop, a limited number of students from the remaining teams will be invited to a co-working event to utilize collaborative software to explore future manufacturing methods.
VEHICLE INTEGRATION PHASE
Teams will have a final six (6) months to collaborate and integrate their subsystems into one, working UAV.
Convergence Series: Workshop #3
Convergence Series Workshop #3 will further explore the details of performing an Interference Analysis. Industry experts will be present and will act as mentors for participating teams throughout the event.
Convergence Series Workshop #4 (December 2020)
In the last installment of the Convergence Series Workshops, selected team members will unite to physically assemble the final UAV. Modifications and additional fabrication may be necessary during this event.
Teams will submit Final Reports to accompany their presentation during the Functional Demonstration. More details about Final Reports may be found in the “Competition Overview” document
At this physical demonstration of the final UAV, teams will present to the Department of Defense and other industry experts their experiences and progress over the past 18 months.
Following the Functional Demonstration, FirePoint will conduct a National Press Day to recognize successful teams in completing the competition.
Following the completion of the competition activities, any final awards/recognitions will be distributed to the teams.