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TUM Boring: 70 Students Build the World's Fastest Tunnel Boring Machine

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    TUM Boring—Innovation in Tunneling e.V.—is an initiative of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) comprised of 70 highly motivated students who have teamed up to innovate toward a greener future in which we waste less time commuting by pushing the status quo of today’s mobility infrastructure. To achieve this, we built the world's fastest tunnel-boring machine and competed in Elon Musk's Not-a-Boring Competition. This competition, hosted by The Boring Company, challenges teams from around the world to drill a tunnel 30 meters long and 50 centimeters wide as quickly and accurately as possible. In this talk, we will take you on our unique journey from project inception in July 2020 to competition finals in late summer 2021. Discover how 70 passionate and determined students managed to build a record-breaking tunnel-boring machine during a global pandemic.

    Key Learnings

    • Discover the importance of passion and determination in accomplishing difficult challenges
    • Learn how to collaborate and communicate with co-workers effectively in a remote environment
    • Learn about how student projects can influence and disrupt the industry status quo
    • Learn how to encourage innovation and draw attention to an industry through student competitions