A University of Maryland team, named UMD Loop, won the Performance and Operations Award and placed in the top five for overall pod design at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition held in Hawthorne, California, on January 27-29, 2017. The competition, which has been ongoing for more than a year, aims to advance the Hyperloop concept for a new form of transportation in which passenger-carrying pods travel between cities through above-ground tubes at very high speeds.