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Life-jacket design contest will pay $10,000

Life-jacket design contest will pay $10,000

The BoatUS Foundation has teamed up with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition,” which began this week.

“We believe there are some creative folks out there who can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas,” said BoatUS Foundation president Chris Edmonston.

A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea.

Entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability (level of comfort), reliability (potential for failure), cost and innovation (originality or utilization of new technologies).

The BoatUS Foundation will post entries on its website and Facebook page for public voting. The winner will be announced at the September 2015 International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Additional cash prizes are offered for 2nd and 3rd place. For more information or to enter, visit

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