Ah, design comp. How many competitions can you think of that some people respond to by wearing suits while others … well … do not make the same effort to make a good impression.
The list of buggies entering design comp hasn’t been announced by Sweepstakes yet this year, but I hope that it will be long and that it will include all of the exciting new buggies and those we expect to challenge for the win this year. I fear, however, that it will be similar to last year — a competition that less than half of the field chose to enter.
Of course, this topic has already been covered at length on this site so I won’t rehash the pro and con arguments, but feel free to review
Both of those discussions were fairly constructive and I think it was useful to have all of those opinions aired publicly, but true to the alumni tradition it was mostly just talk with no steps towards doing anything. It’s too late to do anything this year either, but for this week’s poll I want to know which design comp fix is the most popular among the cmubuggy.org crowd.
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What would you change about design comp to make it better and get more teams entering? (select up to 3)
- Include ex-safety-chair judges - they understand the criteria and the secrecy (22%, 32 Votes)
- Add BAA financed cash prizes - fancy designs aren't cheap you know (18%, 26 Votes)
- Make it mandatory - the hold outs will get over it eventually, and then it will be fun (17%, 25 Votes)
- Include free beer at some point in the process - that fixes everything (16%, 24 Votes)
- Make the judging quantitative - measure weight, visibility, etc (9%, 13 Votes)
- Move it to the fall and have teams present proposals not finished products (5%, 8 Votes)
- Introduce term limits - win 3 years in a row and you have to take a year off (4%, 6 Votes)
- Make the trophy bigger - that's what it's about right? (4%, 6 Votes)
- Have judges sign NDAs - and have teams hire lawyers to enforce them (3%, 4 Votes)
- Prohibit fancy clothes - this way the laundy-phobic won't be at a disadvantage (3%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 67