Prospective Members

Welcome! This page is our comprehensive resource for students interested in joining Badgerloop. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get from prospective members.

What is Badgerloop?

Badgerloop is a student organization at UW-Madison that competes in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. This Competition is open to universities from around the world; we have consistently placed as a top-two hyperloop team in the United States.

What is Hyperloop?

Hyperloop is a futuristic form of transportation invented by Elon Musk. It involves putting a pod of passengers in a depressurized tube; the end product is both a fast and sustainable form of transportation. Typically, we build a prototype hyperloop pod every year and test it at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we cannot be sure what the state of the annual competition is, but at a minimum, we want to do two things this year:

  • Build a test track with a well-defined curve at one of our sponsor's facilities
  • Design and build a new hyperloop pod that is able to handle said curve

About the Team

Joining Badgerloop affords a unique, hands-on learning experience. Building a hyperloop pod offers a one-of-a-kind chance to apply what you learn in classes to a real-life problem. Anyone can join, regardless of major, and you don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to get involved. Our Team Leads are very approachable and always willing to help new members learn the necessary skills and programs. General members typically spend about 4 hours a week working on different projects. Additionally, we meet as an organization once every other week.


Badgerloop is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all members, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To find more information on our safety plan for 2020-21, follow the link below

Coming soon

Our President, Ezra Boley, just finished recording an episode of the BE Engaged Podcast with the School of Engineering to discuss Badgerloop and our plans for this year! Link below when available

Coming Soon

How to Join

If you’re interested in joining, you’ve already taken the first step by getting to our website! Click the link below to fill out our contact form, and we’ll be in touch with more information on how to get involved!