2017 Jan 27 By Blake 1 comment

Help shape the #Colorado #Hyperloop Development with Art! Use #cohyperloophere to share your ideas! pic.twitter.com/HXduvkKQdn — Colorado Hyperloop (@COHyperloop) January 27, 2017 Are you a citizen of Colorado that wants to see the development of the Hyperloop and make Colorado better? Are you interested in the opportunity to participate in one of the most dynamic technical and societal impact-focused events of the year, where you’ll get to meet and collaborate with other hyperloop visionaries, entrepreneurs, and other changemakers? Colorado Hyperloop, as a Hyperloop One Global Challenge Semi-Finalist, is seeking to show leadership-level participants and judges YOUR input. Here’s how it works:…

2015 Nov 21 By Blake 0 comment

These teams have been actively developing community and prototypes for the SpaceX Pod Competition. The SpaceX is helping with a design weekend January 15-16th in Texas, and the final hyperloop competition June of 2016. More posts to come on the teams, as well as updates in how they hyperloop will look like in Colorado, along the front range. Team HyperLynx https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=GMOA3WYX-U4 Mechanical Engineering seniors design team at the University of Colorado, Denver will be building a Hyperloop pod and testing it at the Hyperloop competition EuroLoop https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=NAmcKAIytLU Connecting Europe with the speed of vacuum, A Hyperloop forecast, designed by…

Hyperloop Stations will Benefit from Google Investments
2015 Jun 12 By Blake 0 comment

Newly created, and Google funded, Sidewalk Labs has an interesting mission. The New York Times has a great article about them: Sidewalk Labs, Mr. Doctoroff said, planned to work in “the huge space between civic hackers and traditional big technology companies.” While big technology companies take a “top-down approach and seek to embed themselves in a city’s infrastructure,” he said Sidewalk Labs would instead seek to develop “technology platforms that people can plug into” for things like managing energy use or altering commuting habits. He pointed to New York’s bike-sharing program as an early example of a technology-assisted innovation in…

The Triple Bottom Line
2015 Jan 13 By Blake 0 comment

  Could the Colorado Hyperloop be sustainable? A measure will be whether the C.H. has what is called the Triple Bottom Line.  From an online course via FutureLearn on sustainability from The University of Bath. Note: Colorado State University has a great MBA course on Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise that also includes the Triple Bottom Line. Its a mix between Economic, Social and Environmental or as the CSU course states; people, planet and profit. Economic impact is the easiest to measure and include: Profitable business Sustainable profit margins Fairly paid jobs Properly paid taxes Suppliers paid appropriately Investment in research, development…

CO Hyperloop Reality
2014 Dec 20 By Blake 0 comment

  Yes, they Colorado Hyperloop will happen*! A flurry of news articles have been published today on the press release of Dirk Ahlborn’s Hyperloop Transportation Technologies on the JumpStart Funds website. Key points from the Wired article: “Musk made the plans public and referred to preliminary tests in Texas, but it’s unclear if he ever followed through on building a test model.” “Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. has announced a new stage of the project, together with new research into the finance and engineering of the system set to arrive later this week. The company works on an unusual model, drawing from a network of…

2014 Nov 12 By Blake 0 comment

Questions of whether we should build a Colorado Hyperloop shouldn’t be a zero sum game. If you don’t know what zero sum means in game theory, look at this video by President Clinton. http://youtu.be/DnLosZVG54k So lets imagine a future different from the past. Cars will forever be around. Rail will always be around. Hyperloop will be new, but it will show our interdependence on the other forms of transportation. A hyperloop will reveal that we are interdependent to each other as well. Colorado relates to this important higher level of thinking because CDOT will be embarking on some major infrastructure projects that will affect…

2014 Sep 30 By Blake 0 comment

The future is modular? Perhaps it is, but the key takeaway from Project Ara, a modular function mobile device, is that they are trying out the idea rapidly. It is based out of something called Phonebloks: Phonebloks began as a college project. It was an idea more than it ever was a business. It was an idea Phonebloks hoped would spread across the internet and someone would grab it and run with it. In the last year or so, the idea has spread, and now multiple companies are using this idea to drive their business. One of those companies is Google. Project…

Commuting via Hyperloop
2014 Sep 19 By Blake 0 comment

The morning commute to work or school is an experience that most of us would rather not have to do. In a car company sponsored post on the website Good.is, we learn that countries spend money (shock! Perhaps earned from taxes?!) on commuters for the infrastructure that they use! Whether they get to work by lanes, trains or ferries, commuters around the world are increasing in number, and cities are taking notice. The investment in public transportation, in the infrastructure and convenience of daily travel, is not cheap, currently ranging from a cost of $2,492 in Istanbul to $9,229 in…

2014 Sep 10 By Blake 0 comment

“Rail map of China” by Howchou – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Model both as a toy and as a way of doing things. The high speed rail of China and its universal development in all corners of its country is a model that the Colorado Hyperloop could copy. But before we wholeheartedly take its at face value lets look at some current news on why they build these system: Riding Beijing’s subway end to end: 88km of queues and crushes on a 20p ticket With bullet trains as a new Silk Road, China tightens…

2014 Aug 14 By Blake 0 comment

Just when I thought it was safe to check on really hard news,  I came across this: Report: Stagnant Economy Forcing More Americans To Take Jobs As Infrastructure WASHINGTON—Citing recent employment gains in the telecommunications, transportation, energy, and solid waste management sectors, a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the sluggish economy is leading an increasing number of Americans to take jobs as infrastructure. “As job openings in traditional industries continue to fall short of expectations, many Americans have determined that their best option is to take up work as support equipment like wind turbines, telephone…