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Get creative and submit your dream bike accessory! Velodroom is looking for ideas that match their brand and mission.

Velodroom is a bicycle accessory brand with a unique take on the world of cycling. They focus on smart and inventive solutions like their current light system, which is detailed below.

Create an accessory that solves a problem cyclists face in their daily trek - make practical and intelligent with a dose of Velodroom style (see pictures and video).

The Velodroom bicycle lighting system is designed to address the issues of nighttime and daytime urban bike commuting. It is a one of a kind bicycle light set, with embedded sensors, powered by USB-rechargeable battery. The lights turn on with bike movement and switch off 60 seconds after the bike has stopped. Built in accelerometer analyses the motion of the bicycle and turns on the rear stop light while braking. This possibly saves your life and certainly looks stunning.

Click here for a short video on the Velodroom light accessories.

Get creative and submit your dream bike accessory!

We will NOT be accepting entries for the challenge for ONE week so there is enough time to ask questions, talk with Velodroom, and make sure GrabCADrs know what to expect from the jury.

We will accept submissions starting on April 29, 2013 with updated specifications and requirements based on your valuable feedback and questions.

Requirements

  • We are looking for all ideas that you can relate to bicycles, riding and lifestyle of bicycle riders – may it be a new bicycle horn or a laptop bag you can attach to your bike.

  • The design has to match current lighting system design and brand.

  • Solutions CAN use electronics – be creative – our electronics team loves challenges.

  • We are looking for design ideas and concepts, so CAD files are not required. You MUST submit a sketch or rendering and include a description detailing your idea.

  • STEP and IGES files are an added bonus and can help make your idea more tangible.

Rules

  • The competition is open to everyone.

  • You can submit several designs.

  • By entering this competition, you
    1. Warrant that the work is your original work.
    2. To the best of your knowledge, it is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
    3. Neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trade mark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.

  • Applicants are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs. The applicant’s participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.

  • Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize money will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for splitting it among team members.

  • Tag your model with “velodroom”. Only entries with valid tag will participate!

  • Only models uploaded to GrabCAD library through this Challenge page will participate in the competition.

  • Winning designs will be chosen based on the rules and requirements.

  • This Challenge starts on April 29, 2013 and ends on May 29, 2013, at at 11:59pm UTC.

  • Winners will be announced latest June 23, 2013 on GrabCAD.

  • One person can only win one prize.

  • All cash prizes awarded through Paypal (http://grabcad.com/faq#money). Void where prohibited.

  • The sum of the Awards is the total gross amount of the reward. The awarded participant is solely liable for the payment of all taxes, duties and other similar measures if imposed on the reward pursuant to the legislation of the country of his/her residence, domicile, citizenship, workplace, or any other criterion of similar nature.

  • Private entries must be shared with indrekn@gmail.com, andri.laidre@gmail.com, setblaster2@gmail.com, peter@eland.org.uk, kaspar@grabcad.com and sara@grabcad.com

  • Private entries will be made public after the end of competition

Prizes

Awards for TOP 10 entrants

1 Prize

$800 cash + Bicycle Light + GrabCAD and Velodroom T shirts

2nd Prize

$400 cash + Bicycle Light + GrabCAD and Velodroom T shirts

3rd Prize

$200 cash + Bicycle Light + GrabCAD and Velodroom T shirts

4th Prize

$100 cash + Bicycle Light + GrabCAD and Velodroom T shirts

5th - 10th Prize

GrabCAD and Velodroom T shirts

About the jury?

The jury will be comprised of cycling enthusiasts, journalists, Velodroom designers, and GrabCAD engineers.

About Velodroom

Velodroom products are designed to increase the quality and safety of daily riding. In Velodroom we ride all year round – through snow, rain, winter, and darkness. We are a multi-disciplinary team creating new paradigms in bicycle technology and design.

39 comments

  • EDISON PHOENIX

    EDISON PHOENIX over 1 year ago

    Wow...!! Very interesting Challenge..!!

    EDISON PHOENIX has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 991 comments.
  • John Wheelwright

    John Wheelwright over 1 year ago

    Exciting challenge, can we dowload the bike model?

    John Wheelwright has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Siddarth

    Siddarth over 1 year ago

    superb.....one....do we implement sensors on it

    Siddarth has uploaded 72 CAD models & has left 108 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    John, accessories should fit multiple bikes. If you want to use bicycle models in your project feel free to browse GrabCAD library - there are plenty of models to choose from. You can submit your own bicycle ideas too.

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    Siddarth, you can submit ideas that use sensors and other electronics. Just describe what the electronics should do and our electronics team will find a solution how to realise it.

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Zoltan

    Zoltan over 1 year ago

    Dear Andre

    Please give me your contact information for your company's website.
    So I can write a more comprehensive picture style Velodroom

    Have a nice day's for everyone

    v

    Zoltan has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 71 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    Zoltan, our website will be up and running in a few days. Meanwhile you can check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Velodroom

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    I love the design of the bike in your video! The lights look like a terrific idea too! Where can I buy some?
    I have a cool idea for an entry too by the way!

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    Simonr, it is not possible to buy our lights just yet. The fastest way to get a Velodroom light is to participate in this contest and If your idea ends up in top 4 then we will send you one from our prototype series. Looking forward to see your cool idea!

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Ricardo Figueiredo

    Ricardo Figueiredo over 1 year ago

    Hello
    Can I submit more than one concept or is limited only to one concept?
    It would be possible to get your bike model only the general dimensions or agood image or views to insert the concepts?
    Thank you

    Ricardo

    Ricardo Figueiredo has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    Ricardo, of-course you CAN submit several designs. This is stated also in the "Rules" section. We would be glad to see all your good ideas.

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Ben Smeaton

    Ben Smeaton over 1 year ago

    I think your bike light idea is great very innovative, its going to be fun/difficult coming up with something to beat it.

    Ben Smeaton has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • AIT OUFKIR YASSINE

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE over 1 year ago

    I Saw before a short video about Velodroom light, i would love to get one in my bmx and freestyling :D
    i was waiting for a challenge like this one all the time,
    Good luck for all,

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 424 comments.
  • Carey Novits

    Carey Novits over 1 year ago

    Can you please expand upon this requirement “The design has to match current lighting system design and brand. “ Are we trying to pair up the design style of the light to a new accessory concept – do they need to be similar?

    Carey Novits has uploaded 16 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Mathieu Verhoogt

    Mathieu Verhoogt over 1 year ago

    Andri Laidrv,

    First off this is an exciting challenge and a very innovatice product. Is there a particular reason you used a usb port in the product?

    Looking at the requirements and the product, I'm very curious on the brand and have two questions:
    1- What is the target group in mind for Velodroom?
    2- Is there anyway you can expand more on the brand Velodroom? History, future plans, etc.

    Mathieu Verhoogt has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    Carey, Mathieu, the Velodroom brand is at the moment taking its first steps with the bike lights. You can get the feeling of our brand by visiting our website http://vd.ee and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Velodroom - we will be updating these pages with pictures and videos daily.

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    Mathieu, during recent years micro-USB is the most commonly used charging port. It's mandated for mobile phones by EU (http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/rtte/chargers/index_en.htm) and even accepted by Apple, providing micro-USB adapters on the EU markets. Additional plus is, that according to standards, micro-USB plugs must survive at minimum 10,000 insertions.

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    Andri, are the entries so far along the lines of what you were hoping for - or have we misinterpreted the requirement?

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Indrek Rebane

    Indrek Rebane over 1 year ago

    The entries so far differ in quality. Here are some suggestions:

    a) Brand match: You can get the feel of the brand from http://vd.ee .

    b) Usability: The device has to be easy to use and not be in users' way. Remember, for Velodroom brand the technology serves people, not vice versa. For us "Automatic" means "it just works" and not "you have to do a complex setup" or "it has N+1 modes"

    c) Solution: Design has to solve an already existing problem, not create new problems.

    d) Description: Please provide a brief description of your idea, the problem being solved and the solution. This will help us understand it better.

    e) Modelling: It is not mandatory to provide CAD files, but it certainly helps. If you have rendered and built a model, it helps you to feel the soulution with it's features and drawbacks.

    f) Analysis: Providing list of pros and cons of the design is a big plus.

    Indrek Rebane has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Andri Laidre

    Andri Laidre over 1 year ago

    We are mainly looking for new and fresh ideas but following the advice of Indrek will certainly help to have your ideas stand out more. Good to see the submissions added every day. Keep them coming!

    Andri Laidre has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Mech Amine

    Mech Amine over 1 year ago

    GREAT

    Mech Amine has uploaded 69 CAD models & has left 1274 comments.
  • Indrek Rebane

    Indrek Rebane over 1 year ago

    I have uploaded the light's outline drawings and overlaid render to Velodroom's website. It may help you to get the feel of the design: http://vd.ee/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/velodroom_drawings.pdf

    Indrek Rebane has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • german likes to make everything

    german likes to make everything over 1 year ago

    How long does the battery last before you have to charge it with USB?

    german likes to make everything has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • german likes to make everything

    german likes to make everything over 1 year ago

    Found it.

    german likes to make everything has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan over 1 year ago

    the upload isn't working. is anyone else having problems?

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • Teyfik Eren Erez

    Teyfik Eren Erez over 1 year ago

    Because time up :)

    Teyfik Eren Erez has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    @Sara, there's a big problem in uploading. I hope this problem be resolved immediately.

    Julius Siador has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 93 comments.
  • Bob Spikman

    Bob Spikman over 1 year ago

    This happened in the past with another competition - that's the tricky thing waiting for the deadline. Then we got the response the other concepts which were uploaded at last did not enter the jury. Make sure the next time you send it in a day before the deadline.

    Bob Spikman has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    If you have any trouble with uploads anywhere on GrabCAD you can email me at sara@grabcad.com. I'll remove the last few posts to keep things on topic.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1984 comments.
  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Thanks Sara and Grabcad staff. Uploading is already working.

    Julius Siador has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 93 comments.
  • Zoltan

    Zoltan over 1 year ago

    Dear Julius,
    Do you know what is the deadline?
    So far, I did not say, because you did not do a problem.
    I can therefore speak only as it is not fair to the other competitors.
    But the previous two challenges, several days later upgraded to entries.
    Before you argue with, please check the date of uploads.
    Anyway, I was looking forward to the new ideas transforming.
    Good luck!
    Zoltan

    Zoltan has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 71 comments.
  • Mark Holub

    Mark Holub over 1 year ago

    if we win a prize, how long do we have to claim it? i'll be out of town without internet on the week that the winners are announced.

    Mark Holub has uploaded 30 CAD models & has left 98 comments.
  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan over 1 year ago

    This is the day D

    Dragan Beljan has uploaded 80 CAD models & has left 230 comments.
  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan over 1 year ago

    Congratulations to all winners

    Dragan Beljan has uploaded 80 CAD models & has left 230 comments.
  • max

    max over 1 year ago

    Good job guys, well done to the winners

    max has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 14 comments.
  • Joe Valverde

    Joe Valverde over 1 year ago

    Good job guys, nice challenge...thanks to GrabCad and Velodroom

    Joe Valverde has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    Well done everyone. I really like a couple of the winning entries - particularly the indicator band - very well thought out (better than mine!). I'll buy that when they are in the stores!

    Simonr has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg over 1 year ago

    Congratulations everyone

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 119 CAD models & has left 1544 comments.
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