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Redesign the Life Jacket for a Shot at Winning $10,000!April 15th, 2015

BoatUS Foundation, life jackets, life jacket design, design competition, National Marine Manufacturers Association , Personal Flotation Manufacturers Association

Life jackets save lives everyday, but not everyone wears them due to their bulky and restrictive design. That’s why the BoatUS Foundation has partnered with the Personal Flotation Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to launch the Life Jacket Design Competition to seek more convenient alternatives to the traditional life jacket design. With $15,000 in prize money, the competition is open to both theoretical designs and working prototypes. Entries must be submitted by April 15, 2015 and winners will be announced at the 2015 IBEX Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

April 15th, 2015

April 15th, 2015



$10,000 first prize

$3,000 second prize

$2,000 third prize


Prototype or theoretical design submissions are allowed.

Multiple entries are permitted.

The competition is open to anyone – professionals, amateurs and students alike. Additionally, teams and groups are encouraged to apply. Submitted designs must not be products that are commercially available or approved by any governing authority or testing facility.

All applications must be submitted with either a link to a video demonstration of the product (for prototype submissions) or a one page graphic summary and/or video explanation (for theoretical submissions). Videos may not be more than 4 minutes total running time.

Please make sure that contact information is current and will be current for at least one year after the final submission deadline.

All submissions must be submitted through the online Entry Form, and must be received by April 15th 2015. Any submissions mailed to BoatUS Foundation will not be accepted or returned to the sender.