Sunday, April 14, 2024

Winners Announced for 2017 Cornell Theme Park Design Competition

HSI Immersive has announced the winners of the 3rd annual Cornell Theme Park Design Competition. Beginning on March 5th 2017 student teams of 2 to 4 were challenged to integrate new 3D LED technologies into an attraction package for a national theme park brand. Teams took their visions from “blue-sky” concept to budgeted and rendered pitch, requiring a breadth of skills to create a successful package.

This year was comprised of 33 teams which recruited industry related mentors to guide them along the design process (see mentor list below). The competition was judged by the following industry professionals:

Steve Alcorn, CEO and Founder at Alcorn McBride

Louis Alfieri, Chief Creative Officer and Founder at Raven Sun Creative

Nathan Jones, Global Head of Attractions Business Development at WhiteWater West

Stefan Lawrence, Creative Director at Rethink Leisure & Entertainment

After thorough judging the results are as follows:

Coming in 1st place with a total of 18.75 points out of a possible 25 for their design “The Wraith of the Creek” is Team 2 from University of Texas at Austin. The team was mentored by Carolina Rocha of Walt Disney Imagineering. The team will receive a $600 prize plus a $100 bonus for recruiting a mentor!

In a tie for 2nd place with 18.75 points out of a possible 25 are Team 1 from Penn State for their design “Space Xploration: Lunar Ruins” mentored by George Walker of Dynamic Attractions. As well as Team 28 from the Rochester Institute of Technology for their design “Rocket Rescue” mentored by John Riggleman of Universal Parks and Resorts. Each team will receive runner-up prizes of $200.

Every design included the use of HSI Immersive’s brand new 3D LED technology which has incredible advantages over traditional 3D projection technology. Some of these advantages include no 3D vertigo syndrome, incredible depth and reach into large audiences, unmatched brightness and contrast, an much more.

A big thank you to mentors from: Adirondack Studios, BRC Imagination Arts, Cavendish Kinetics, Cavu Designwerks, Dynamic Attractions, Great Coasters International, International Theme Park Services, Irvine Ondrey Engineering, LA ProPoint, Luce Group, Premier Rides, Sally Corporation, THe Nassal Company, The Producers Group, Thinkwell Group, TRU Simulation + Training, Ubisoft, Universal Creative, upLIGHT, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Warner Brothers.

Established in 1987, Haverford Systems is now a diversified audio visual technology company. Haverford Systems owns and operates HSI Technology Integrations, its custom design build audio visual systems for a wide variety of environments. HavaVision3D was born out of the combination of Haverford Systems as well as CCDL and Professor Chao Li’s 25 years of research and hands on experience with 3D LED displays.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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