Pinkbike and The Edge Factor are now accepting submissions for Reality Redesigned. R2 is what happens when the biggest names in North American manufacturing, design and engineering throw open the doors and allow both mountain bikers and designers alike to have at it. Have no doubt, this is full access to a full on mountain bike design competition with legitimate resources, and up to $40,000 in prizes.
Reality Redesigned is a whole new concept - a design contest with a reality show twist. Students and bike enthusiasts from Canada and the U.S. will be invited to submit designs into one of 3 design categories. The submissions will be analysed and professionally critiqued by industry experts. Jeremy Bout, host and producer of the highly acclaimed Edge Factor show, will take us coast to coast introducing the Judges. Here are the first 2 episodes:
Once all the submissions are in and screened, Reality Redesigned will track the top drawings via the leader board, as the judges critique them. An ever-present POV camera will capture the process from beginning to end, providing a unique opportunity to watch the idea go from drawing board to finished product. Teaming up with Pinkbike, The Edge Factor team presents 3 design categories:DESIGN CATEGORIES
Have a design problem? We're looking for any and all bike related design issues that fall into one of those 3 categories. Contestants will pick one and submit their design idea in that category. The submissions will be taken through a rigorous screening process. The better the idea, the clearer the presentation, the more points it will get. The more points you get, the better your chances will be that you will make the top spot on the leader board. CHECK OUT THE SUBMISSIONS PAGE
When the dust settles, after all submissions are in and all the prints have been screened...we will then see who is at the top. Top 3 in each of the categories will make up the 'Final Nine' in March 2012. The general public audience will be able to vote on their favorite designs and the submission that stays on the leader board with the most 'yes' votes when the vote closes in April, will win a pimped out, hand built Intense.
Submissions for the contest will close at the end of February and then the real fun begins. Judges will work through these nine submissions, assigning point values to each of the finalists. This is an amazing opportunity for students and aspiring designers to have their designs and ideas looked at by some of the top minds in the industry, and ridden by some of the best riders in the world. Reality Redesigned promises to be a contest filled with key insights into the amazing world of design, engineering and manufacturing. IDEAS
We got the guys from Straitline Components, Intense Cycles, and Cane Creek Cycling Components and MTB rider, Mike Montgomery to weigh in on some things they'd like to see design solutions for. Josh Coaplen from Cane Creek has a few example suspension ideas he'd love to see sorted:
WATCH THE IDEA VIDEOS HEREPATENTS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
This has been a hotly contested debate, quite evident in the feedback from the PB community regarding Reality Redesigned. In response, we have put together a very thorough overview on patents, hopefully bringing designers and the public alike some insight. In the first of four information videos, patent lawyer Andrew Lahser talks about:
1. What a patent does.
2. What public disclosure means.
3. The costs associated with patents.
4. Why Reality Redesigned may be an option for you.WATCH ALL FOUR PATENT VIDEOS