American Victory Ship
Synapse Challenge

Challenge Brief:

The SS AMERICAN VICTORY Museum and Ship (http://www.americanvictory.org/) needs innovative new ideas to add excitement, bring in younger visitors, and generate greater revenue (guests and donors) in order to improve, maintain, and operate one of the last four WWII Victory Ships afloat.

Tampa Bay will lose this historic vessel if we don’t increase interest and revenue in the short term. 

The SS AMERICAN VICTORY was built in only 55 days during the crisis of WWII.  In past conflicts, she shuttled cargo to ports in Korea and Vietnam.  Today she preserves the legacy of the merchant mariners who walked her passageways, an often-forgotten group of citizen-soldier seamen.  Additionally, she now serves as a training platform for the military, law enforcement, firefighters, and Sea Cadets.  

Problems:

The ship relies on private funding for operations, maintenance, and drydocking.  Current finances support “status quo” but not capital improvements or extraordinary expenses.  Drydocking repair/inspection alone is a periodic expense of $250,000.  If we don’t get creative we fear we will lose the ship.

We need new and innovative ideas to attract new visitors and donors.  Potential areas to explore include:  a rich and storied history of a former era; enhanced interactive displays; the dynamics of steam engineering and rapid technical and manufacturing methods; adaptation of a vast digital database for virtual exploration/entertainment; location of the ship within the growing Port and Sparkman Wharf waterfront; and vast underutilized compartments within the ship itself.

Challenge:

The SS AMERICAN VICTORY Board of Trustees is challenging the Synapse ecosystem to use the potential strengths highlighted above to refresh and broaden our appeal as a tourist attraction, venue for special events, and educational center focused on the maritime heritage of our nation and Tampa Bay region. 

Specific Challenge requirements include:

  • The concept presented within a Powerpoint format – include marketing aspects
  • A written summary of “how” and “why” it will work – with a projection of outcome
  • An implementation plan of the proposal (timeline should not exceed 12 months)
  • An implementation/operating cost analysis with options (Gold, Silver, Bronze if possible)
  • Ideas on using the Sea Limited digital database as part of the overall concept or as an addendum
  • Assessment of any legal or liability issues especially with regard to danger to guests

Finalists will present their solution to a panel of judges.  Winning ideas will attract, excite, educate, and inspire the public.  Winners will receive prize money and may be chosen to build the full solution

Prize Money

$2,500

Sponsored by
American Victory Ship

Info Session:
February 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm
@ The American Victory Ship

Registration Deadline:
March 5th, 2019

Submissions Due:
March 27, 2019

Pitch Party:
April 3, 2019

Questions:
info@synapsefl.com

Problems:

The ship relies on private funding for operations, maintenance, and drydocking.  Current finances support “status quo” but not capital improvements or extraordinary expenses.  Drydocking repair/inspection alone is a periodic expense of $250,000.  If we don’t get creative we fear we will lose the ship.

We need new and innovative ideas to attract new visitors and donors.  Potential areas to explore include:  a rich and storied history of a former era; enhanced interactive displays; the dynamics of steam engineering and rapid technical and manufacturing methods; adaptation of a vast digital database for virtual exploration/entertainment; location of the ship within the growing Port and Sparkman Wharf waterfront; and vast underutilized compartments within the ship itself.

Challenge:

The SS AMERICAN VICTORY Board of Trustees is challenging the Synapse ecosystem to use the potential strengths highlighted above to refresh and broaden our appeal as a tourist attraction, venue for special events, and educational center focused on the maritime heritage of our nation and Tampa Bay region. 

Specific Challenge requirements include:

  • The concept presented within a Powerpoint format – include marketing aspects
  • A written summary of “how” and “why” it will work – with a projection of outcome
  • An implementation plan of the proposal (timeline should not exceed 12 months)
  • An implementation/operating cost analysis with options (Gold, Silver, Bronze if possible)
  • Ideas on using the Sea Limited digital database as part of the overall concept or as an addendum
  • Assessment of any legal or liability issues especially with regard to danger to guests

Finalists will present their solution to a panel of judges.  Winning ideas will attract, excite, educate, and inspire the public.  Winners will receive prize money and may be chosen to build the full solution

Prize Money

$2,500

Sponsored by
American Victory Ship

Info Session:
February 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm
@ The American Victory Ship

Registration Deadline:
March 5th, 2019

Submissions Due:
November 6, 2018

Pitch Party:
April 3, 2019

Questions:
info@synapsefl.com

Rules:

The challengers will abide by the following rules to ensure success of the challenge:

  1. All registrants of the innovation challenge must register through the Synapse online platform
  2. The information session is not mandatory to attend, however it is strongly encouraged and those who attend will have an advantage of a detailed q&a session
  3. The challenge management reserves the right to ask questions to the challenge participants.  It is required that participants answer the questions within 24 hours of the question being asked.  If questions are not answered in a timely manner, participants may be disqualified.
  4. Teams can be up to 3 people.  If teams are more than 1 person, prize money will be shared by the team and breakdown of prize money is on the responsibility of the team lead.  There must be one designated team lead.
  5. Teams may only enter one submission.
  6. Teams of all skills are encouraged to submit projects.
  7. Participating teams may ask for outside help and advice, but are required to complete all of the work on their own.
  8. Work may be completed from the initial challenge registration until submission due date
  9. Work that was previously completed may be submitted but it must be called out and thus team will not be judged on that work.  Only work completed during challenge timeframe will be eligible for judgement and prize money.
  10. Teams can use ideas that had previously been worked on but it must be called out and thus team will not be judged on that work.  Only work completed during challenge timeframe will be eligible for judgement and prize money.
  11. Teams are encouraged to utilize existing ideas.  Teams will be judged on the implementation of ideas and innovation that stems during the time of the challenge, rather than existing implementations.
  12. Challenge management team reserves the right to disqualify any participating team.

Registration Deadline is March 5th, 2019