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THE COMPETITION

Are you a college or university student currently enrolled in an Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Landscape Architecture program?

Florida International University is opening its doors to students from U.S. and International universities to compete in its competition of designing and constructing a floatable shoe that has to be walked across a lake (distance of about 350 feet). Learn more about participating in FIU’s 28th Annual Walk on Water competition sponsored by CGI Impact Resistant Windows & Doors online:

The first five programs to register will receive a special package including a FREE two-night stay at the Aloft Miami Doral Hotel as well as materials for constructing shoes. For all other interested participants, you can receive a discounted hotel rate by contacting walkonwater@fiu.edu for more information. Please click here to view the 2017 WOW Flyer for external participants .

REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE OCTOBER 1st, 2017
REGISTER

Registration Fees:
Individual: $25.00 Team: $50.00 (only one team member may walk across the lake)

ABOUT WALK ON WATER

For 28 years, FIU Architecture students have participated-in and celebrated Walk on Water, a race founded and orchestrat­ed by Professor Jaime Canaves. Each student designs and constructs shoes that will allow him/her to walk the length of the Green Lake at the heart of FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

In Fall 2016, WOW opened the competition to students from across the country. Students from the University of Florida and Palm Beach State College competed with FIU students for scholarships and were granted travel awards from our main sponsor, CGI Windows & Doors. In addition to the standard race awards, Walk on Water was able to award graduate assis­tant scholarships, travel scholarships for study abroad programs, and 1st-3rd place awards.

This year FIU has pitched the event to NBC’s Today Show inviting Al Roker to walk on water with students and help FIU break a Guinness World Record.

The event will occur on Thursday, November 9, 2017 with approximately 50 students participating in the race. A favorite activity of the Fall Semester, Walk on Water is attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and media who watch with excitement as they cheer for the winners – and for the ones who fall in! Media and press outlets cover the event nationally and internationally.

ITINERARY

Wednesday
November 8, 2017

7:00-9:00pm | Welcome Reception
Aloft Miami Doral Hotel, WXYZ Lounge, 3265 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172
All participants are required to attend; T-Shirts, bibs, and goody bags will be distributed at the reception.

Thursday
November 9, 2017

10:30am-11:00am | Participant Check-In
East side of Green Lake, FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8 ST, Miami FL 33199.
11:50am-12:30pm | RACE BEGINS!
12:30pm-3:00pm | Luncheon & Reception
Paul L. Cejas Architecture Building (PCA) Courtyard & BEA Gallery

*Please register your vehicle ahead of time online so that you may park in the area sectioned off on the third floor of Parking Garage 6

RULES

Design Problem

To design and build a pair of floating footgear that enables the wearer to “walk on water”.

The Event

Walk on Water is a competitive event in the style of a marathon race. Participants are positioned at the East side of the FIU Green Lake and “walk” across to the finish line at its West corner, a distance of 275 ft.

Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture students enrolled in Professor Jaime Canaves’ Materials & Methods of Construction course participate in the Walk on Water event as a class assignment. Students from other universities are also invited to participate in one race. FIU class students will participate in the FIU only race, and only a select number of them will be eligible to participate in the other race. $1,000 will go to the team or participant who crosses the finish line with the fastest time without falling into the water.

The Rules

  1. Foot gear are to be designed, constructed & piloted by the participant or teammate.
  2. Forward motion needs to be as similar to the act of walking as possible. No other power source is acceptable.
  3. Mechanical devices or attachments will be acceptable to assist in traction, but not to generate power.
  4. Attachments for balance can be provided as long as they are part of the foot gear.
  5. Functionality, creativity, aesthetics, craftsmanship and economics will be considered in the criteria.
  6. Shoes must be attached to feet.
  7. No sails or helium balloons.
  8. Shoes cannot have metal, sharp edges, or any material that creates a safety hazard.
  9. All Styrofoam or similar materials must be covered or protected against breakage.

**Participants whom do not adhere to all of the above mentioned guidelines will be disqualified from the race**

Questions or Concerns?

Contact: Rebecca Longtemps, 305-348-6481 or walkonwater@fiu.edu

SPONSORSHIP

How to get involved?

– Give a one time cash donation to student scholarships
– Provide a gift-in-kind donation for materials or supplies that will help elevate students building expenses
– Donate media or advertising space to spread the word

Your gift counts!

– Cash donations go to student scholarships, travel awards, materials, and event expenses
– Gift-in-Kind donations reward students and bring together alumni, community members, and the university at large in supporting talented students.
– Media sponsors help engage the local and national community to show what is happening at FIU as well as inspiring creative thinking and design.

TITLE SPONSOR | $25,000+

– Name branding (Title Sponsor Name Walk on Water) in all references
– Product demonstrations and display opportunities on-site during event and reception (staffing provided by company)
– Additional co-branding and co-marketing opportunities as agreed upon by sponsor and FIU
– Company giveaways and handouts distributed throughout the event (materials provided by company)
– Recognition during verbal remarks by FIU President and Dean
– Recognition during award ceremony and photo opportunity with award winners
– Category exclusivity
– (4) VIP priority seating at the Green Lake
– Complimentary parking for 4 vehicles at the PG-6 Parking Garage + benefits below

PLATINUM SPONSOR | $15,000+

– Company giveaways and handouts distributed throughout the event (materials provided by company)
– Recognition during verbal remarks
– Recognition during award ceremony and photo opportunity with award winners
– Category exclusivity
– VIP priority seating at the Green Lake available upon request
– Complimentary parking at the PG-6 Parking Garage available upon request
– VIP reserved seating during ceremony and reception at the BEA Gallery available upon request + benefits below

GOLD SPONSOR | $10,000+

– Category exclusivity
– Recognition during opening remarks and awards ceremony
– VIP priority seating at the Green Lake available upon request
– Complimentary parking at the PG-6 Parking Garage available upon request
– VIP reserved seating during ceremony and reception at the BEA Gallery available upon request + benefits below

SILVER SPONSOR | $5,000+

– VIP priority seating at the Green Lake available upon request
– VIP reserved seating during ceremony and reception at the BEA Gallery available upon request + benefits below

BRONZE SPONSOR | $2,500+

– VIP priority seating at the Green Lake available upon request + benefits below

SHOE SPONSOR | $500+

– Company logo displayed in all print and e-mail campaigns by FIU, the FIU Alumni Association, State of Florida professional design organizations, and local civic clubs (approximate circulation to 60,000+)
– Company logo prominently displayed on floor decals and banners at FIU for 2-3 weeks prior (approximate impact of 50,000+)
– Company logo on signage and t-shirts + benefits below

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