Our crew hits the hot NT road

Stuart Wildy Darwin blog
Engineering lecturer Dr Stuart Wildy at the starting line in Darwin on the weekend.

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge sponsor Flinders is supporting the 2015 event in more ways than one.

Five of its finest people – two paramedic final-year students, two pros from screen and media studies, and engineering lecturer Dr Stuart Wildy – are on the road from Darwin this week.

They will be sending updates via social media, much of it shared via the Flinders’ networks, and enthusiasts can also follow the race social media hub screens at Flinders at Victoria Square all week.

The 3000km biennial event concludes in Adelaide after travelling through Katherine and Alice Springs from Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Good luck to screen and media students Paul Young (@paulephraimyou2 on Twitter) and Des Victory (@victoryfamilySA) and paramedic trainees Guy Richardson and Ryan French who are supporting the biennial international event. Follow them @Flinders, Facebook and elsewhere.

Flinders University lecturer Dr Stuart Wildy (@StuartWildy and @FlindersCSEM) also left Darwin on Sunday with the Stanford University Arcran entry. He’s cruising with the US and other teams during the marathon road trip as a scrutiniser and race support official.

Representing the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) and Flinders at Tonsley on the event (@worldsolarchlg #wsc15), Dr Wildy is also collecting ideas and intelligence to add to Flinders’ own solar car entrant in the next Darwin-Adelaide solar car challenge in 2017.

All this week, Flinders is hosting the event’s online social media hub and other activities in Victoria Square, Adelaide – including a CSEM technology showcase for school children on Friday.

Mission control and the social media hub at Flinders at Victoria Square has a bird’s eye view of the finish line where the winners are expected to start arriving later in the week, depending on sunshine.

Daily results in the Challenger, Cruiser and Adventure classes can be found on the official website here. More information about the teams worldsolarchallenge.org

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