American Victory Synapse Challenge
Sponsored by: American Victory
Total funds $2,500
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The SS AMERICAN VICTORY Museum and Ship (http://www.americanvictory.org/) needs innovative new ideas to add excitement, bring in younger visitors, and generate greater revenue (guests and donors) in order to improve, maintain, and operate one of the last four WWII Victory Ships afloat.
Tampa Bay will lose this historic vessel if we don’t increase interest and revenue in the short term.
The SS AMERICAN VICTORY was built in only 55 days during the crisis of WWII. In past conflicts, she shuttled cargo to ports in Korea and Vietnam. Today she preserves the legacy of the merchant mariners who walked her passageways, an often-forgotten group of citizen-soldier seamen. Additionally, she now serves as a training platform for the military, law enforcement, firefighters, and Sea Cadets.
Problems: The ship relies on private funding for operations, maintenance, and drydocking. Current finances support “status quo” but not capital improvements or extraordinary expenses. Drydocking repair/inspection alone is a periodic expense of $250,000. If we don’t get creative we fear we will lose the ship. We need new and innovative ideas to attract new visitors and donors. Potential areas to explore include: a rich and storied history of a former era; enhanced interactive displays; the dynamics of steam engineering and rapid technical and manufacturing methods; adaptation of a vast digital database for virtual exploration/entertainment; location of the ship within the growing Port and Sparkman Wharf waterfront; and vast underutilized compartments within the ship itself.
Competition Agreement & Terms
Challenge: The SS AMERICAN VICTORY Board of Trustees is challenging the Synapse ecosystem to use the potential strengths highlighted above to refresh and broaden our appeal as a tourist attraction, venue for special events, and educational center focused on the maritime heritage of our nation and Tampa Bay region. Specific Challenge requirements include: The concept presented within a Powerpoint format – include marketing aspects A written summary of “how” and “why” it will work – with a projection of outcome An implementation plan of the proposal (timeline should not exceed 12 months) An implementation/operating cost analysis with options (Gold, Silver, Bronze if possible) Ideas on using the Sea Limited digital database as part of the overall concept or as an addendum Assessment of any legal or liability issues especially with regard to danger to guests
Finalists will present their solution to a panel of judges. Winning ideas will attract, excite, educate, and inspire the public. Winners will receive prize money and may be chosen to build the full solution