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26 March 2018

The Moscow Poly students developed a lever for the floatation system of the paraathlete Dmitriy Pavlenko

March 24 a hackathon was held at the Moscow Poly aimed at rendering support to the Russian paraathlete Dmitriy Pavlenko. Six student teams were developing a lever for the diving equipment, by means of which Dmitriy will be able to dive to the depth over 30 m in the framework of the project “Depth Assault” and break the world record.



“Owing to modern technologies disabled people can lead an active way of life and even go in for extreme sports. The solutions, improving life and broadening the boundaries, are already available. And the main factor in creation of these new solutions is the competent, energetic and interested specialists, who are willing to join their efforts to achieve a socially important goal”, - considers the founder of the project “OpenWaterChallenge”, diving coach for people with disabilities Dmitriy Knyazev, arranging “Depth Assault” of Dmitriy Pavlenko.


Diver-paraathlete Dmitriy Pavlenko needs a non-standard lever for the floatation system, which provides its safe diving to the depth over 30 meters. Earlier the diver used to submerge using a conventional vest, supposed to provide the floatation, but control of it has a few drawbacks for a sportsman with disabilities. In order to find a suitable engineering solution for a lever, March 24 a hackathon was held at the Moscow Poly, where the students and graduates of training directions “Innovations” and “Engineering” of the Mechanical engineering faculty took part. “The competitions that are concluded with the manufacturing of a functional prototype allow to evaluate the training level of the students. The students see that their knowledge and practical skills are in demand in society”, - says one of the hackathon organizers, Head of Department “Materials processing by pressure and additive technologies” of the Moscow Poly Pavel Petrov.


The first-year students team from the training direction “Innovations” won in the hackathon. The team representative Regina Kashapova received a prize – a gift certificate for a testing dive with the coach-diver of the company RuDIVE. The second place went to the team of the second-year students from the direction ‘Engineering”. The rest of teams received a task to develop a complex solution on the basis of ideas, generated at the hackathon. Within a week the hackathon participants must choose a material and a technology to manufacture the developed solution, and to hold the tests as well. The floatation lever will be attached to the vest, which Dmitriy has passed over to the university for the hackathon and participants will simulate a situation of a sea dive by means of immersing the equipment into the salty water.

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