rLoop: We Are Pushing the Limits of the Open Source, Online Think Tank Model
rLoop team member and moderator of /r/SpaceX Richard Behiel on evolving from brainstorming on subreddit to building a Hyperloop pod in Sacramento
Last June, the SpaceX fan subreddit (not affiliated with the company in any official capacity) was buzzing with the news that SpaceX had announced plans to host a Hyperloop pod design competition, with the intention of furthering the development of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept. Immediately, some of the members of the reddit community began to mull over the idea of jumping into the competition. Despite the fact that we had never met each other in person, were spread out all over the globe in different time zones, and would be competing against both universities and other teams who could meet in person frequently, we all felt compelled to at least give the competition our best shot.