, Reclamation Bureau, and NASA Working to Enhance Hydropower System Reliability and Arrow Electronics have secured a NASA contract to help the Bureau of Reclamation improve the reliability of hydropower plant generation in the US

Media Release:

SYDNEY, Australia — Freelancer Limited (ASX: FLN), the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, in partnership with Arrow Electronics, one of the world’s largest electronic components distributors, has secured the US$250,000 Automated Maintenance of Protection Systems Challenge, for the Bureau of Reclamation

The aim of the challenge is to improve the reliability of hydropower plant generation by automating protection system testing and reducing plant downtime. Using the and ArrowPlus platforms are expected to attract a large number of candidates offering a variety of viable solutions.

“We’re excited to deliver the Automated Maintenance of Protection Systems Challenge (AMPS Challenge) for the  Bureau of Reclamation using the world’s largest online talent pool of electronic & electrical engineers in what will be the largest challenge yet by an order of magnitude — a quarter of a million US dollars in prize money. If you have the skills, sign up now to to participate”, said Freelancer Chief Executive Matt Barrie.

3 partners seek to improve hydropower system reliability
Hoover Dam on the Arizona and Nevada border. (Credit:

Freelancer has broad expertise in engineering with over 2.5 million freelance engineers on its platform, ~260,000 who specialize in electrical engineering. There are also millions of tangentially skilled experts including software, hardware, and firmware developers. has sourced over 13,000 product designs from more than 6,000 designers in contests run on behalf of NASA.

Freelancer built and operates ArrowPlus the world’s largest electrical and electronic engineering crowdsourcing platform which 175,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers access to guide innovation.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s AMPS Challenge will be a two-phase challenge seeking improvements and/or fresh concepts to automate protection system testing at Reclamation hydropower facilities: a White Paper Challenge and a Prototype Challenge.

A total prize of $100,000 will go the White Paper Challenge , expecting to award up to 10 prizes of $10,000 each.

In the Prototype Challenge, commencing immediately after the White Paper Challenge ends, the best prototype will be awarded up to $100,000 prize. In addition, up to $10,000 awards will be presented for teams that excel in individual benchmarks for a total prototype purse of $150,000.

The AMPS Challenge was launched via a Freelancer dedicated site on March 17th, 2021. See for more details.

This is the first task order won by Freelancer under the US$25 million NOIS2 joint tender and is valued at US$365,000. (/)


Featured beautiful picture of a hydropower plant credit and thanks to Jani Brumat on Unsplash.


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About the Bureau of Reclamation

Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.

The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesaler of water in the USA. It brings water to more than 31 million people and provides one out of five Western farmers (140,000) with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland.

Reclamation is also the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. Its 53 power plants annually provide more than 40 billion kilowatt-hours generating nearly a billion dollars in power revenues and produce enough electricity to serve 3.5 million homes.

For more information, contact:

Sebastián Siseles
Vice-President, International
+1 415 801 2271

Phil Sylvester
Communications Director
+61 400 538 309
+1 (650) 334 2706

Helma Kusuma
Communications Manager
+1 917 920 2356

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