Is two and a half years the right development timeline for teams?

Keeping in mind the competition structure outlined below (click “show” below to review), is 2.5 years the right timeline to give Wildfires teams to develop their solutions?

Proposed Prize (click “show” to review):
[spoiler]We are interested in focusing a prize specifically on wildfire suppression. In light of the increasing risk to lives and assets, the focus is on suppression of Wildland-Urban Interface fires, before these escalate into large fire events that put communities at risk. Here is an initial description of a proposed prize. In the other topics in the community, you’ll find different categories of feedback we would love to get on this design.

We understand that a prize designed in this way may result in a different approach or paradigm for firefighting, and we invite you to explore—for example, with faster detection and response, can fires be extinguished without traditional containment and control strategies?

The Proposed Prize: We are proposing a prize that works something like the following: Teams are invited to test a fully integrated autonomous system that rapidly detects, responds and suppresses wildfires. There will be a competition testing area of X by X acres (NOTE: we are proposing testing in an outdoor environment). At the beginning of the test, competition officials will ignite a fire somewhere within the testing grid. Once Y threshold of spread, temperature, flame height, or another variable is crossed, the competing team will have Z minutes to detect and completely extinguish the fire. The overall cost of the teams’ system must be no more than C dollars. Solutions must not pose an risk to the environment and/or lives.[/spoiler]

Particularly, if members of our community have experience building solutions in this area (i.e., cameras, drones, algorithms), can you please weigh in in the comments below on your product development timelines and any key bottlenecks or milestones in this space we should be aware of. Thank you for any input you may have!

XPRIZE recognizes that time will be required to allow for matchmaking, fundraising, and technology development, and helping teams with these activities is baked into every competition we run.

Our team’s current plan is for the Wildfires XPRIZE to run for 2.5 years, including a 6 month registration window at the beginning.

Do you have any comments, thoughts on this timeline?

We hope this timeline encourages the burst of innovation, but please feel free also to share your concerns (if any)

The Water Dome System approach introduced in the section of Prize Designed Structure could be ready for demonstration in timeline of 2-2.5 years.

We all know fighting wildland fire with traditional methods are failure . Wildland fire happens mostly during hot summer time and water is scare. I am working on a new concept to extinguish fire using drones but without using water or any chemical. The drones distance themself from fire about 100 to 300 meter away utilize my patent ( to be granted in few weeks ) . A small scale propo-type had been tested it works. Just waiting for officially issued patent to start large scale samples. One and half year should be long enough to see its operation.
The fire fighting drone is a repurposed drone I was working on to eradicate mosquitoes, moths and agricultural pests such as beetles and caterpillars without the use of pesticides.

@Almog & @Simonyu very reassuring responses!

@Simonyu really interesting concept! Are there any more links or details about this prototype you can share with us either publicly or privately? Thanks!

@DanSelz,& DavidPoli . Fire Drone patent will be issued in fourth quarter this year according to US PTO. The technology to eradicate airborne and ground based pests as well as fire fighting are utilizing High Energy Acoustic.

@Simonyu really interesting concept. I’d really suggest to challenging this concept with Water Dome concept by performance, sustainable and cost effective solution. Competition always helps to nearing the excellence.