Top Prize $10,000
Second $3,000 & Third Prize $2,000
We have partnered with the Personal Flotation Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to bring you the Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition which seeks alternatives to the traditional life jacket. Contestants are welcome to design a personal flotation device intended for the general community. Unconventional designs are encouraged and participants can submit either a theoretical design or a working prototype. The most recent winner is currently manufacturing and selling the life jacket design they submitted.
The interest in new, more comfortable designs are always important to waterway users. While current models of life jackets save lives every day, many designs still don’t appear to meet the needs of today’s boaters, and some boaters remain reluctant to wear them. This competition hopes to challenge that mindset.
BoatUS Foundation President, Chris Edmonston
We are looking for unconventional entries, so feel free to think outside the box. The competition is open to National and International submissions. Entries must be received by April 15, 2015 and winners will be announced at the 2015 IBEX Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.