by Tina Olivero

    HYPERLOOP: I looked up and there was Elon Musk

    “I looked up and there was Elon Musk right in front of me. He came to see the Hyperloop Pod at our booth. Nobody in our booth spoke because we were all really nervous. I remember saying in my Newfoundland accent to Elon, “How’s it going?”

    “That started our conversation. Elon was very interested in what we were doing.  He was down to earth and really supportive.  He wanted us to enter the competition. It was without a doubt, one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me and it motivated all of us to come back and compete in the following year, which we did.  Elon Musk and my dad, have always been mentors to me.  They have inspired me to build companies and create influence to inspire teams to perform and work 40 to 50 hours a week and still go to school.  Clearly, it is possible to do incredible things,” proclaimed passionate inventor Adam Keating of the Newfoundland Hyperloop team.


    What is Hyperloop?

    How would you like to travel from Toronto to New York in an hour, and still be on land?  Or how about leaving St. John’s and popping over to Corner Brook in 30 minutes? That’s the promise of Hyperloop. This transport technology uses air-bearing technology to transport a pod at super speeds from one place to another.

    In Newfoundland, the students of Memorial University built the prototype model for what is fondly known as the “Paradigm Hyperloop,” which had them compete worldwide and place second in Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition in California. The winning team, Germany’s WARR Hyperloop, was designed to move at speeds of 324 kilometres per hour.

    Adam said, “Two years ago I was working in the oil and gas industry for the first 3 years of my engineering program at MUN. The challenge was posted for Hyperloop and I looked into it, in July 2015. We were passive members of the team until we got in the design work moving and we went into the competition. By March I was the project lead and now I’m an advisor for the project. It’s been a really incredible ride.  The team here is incredible. We started with 10 members and now we are up to 150. We are all pushing hard to be in first place next summer when things will start happening commercially with Hyperloop.”

    “The Newfoundland Paradigm Hyperloop team built a pod that was internationally recognized, weighs over 2,000 pounds, and floats on an air cushion in a steel vacuum tube.  Very much like an air hockey table, the puck sails across at elevated speeds with ease and grace.  That’s how Hyperloop transport works. The absence of friction allows for pod speeds to accumulate, making it far faster than cars and trains.”

    What does this mean for mankind?

    The technology is here and some of the greatest minds on Earth are embracing technology to bring transport to a game-changing level. Keating envisions Hyperloop systems being built in major cities like Los Angeles and Toronto first. Adam says, “I think being on this team and working on this project, I realized that being from Newfoundland, we have great talent here and we are doing incredible things. We really can do anything.”

    If Elon Musk and the Paradigm Hyperloop team have anything to do with it, it won’t be too long before we are all travelling around in vacuum tubes, getting to destinations faster and easier.  Imagine the possibilities…

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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