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TUM-Boring Student Initiative

TUM-Boring Student Initiative


Welcome to TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling! We are a group of over 60 students from various academic backgrounds, different countries and with diverse interests coming together to win Elon Musk’s “Not-a-Boring Competition”. We compete with teams from all over the world to come up with a boring machine that facilitates transportation via the Hyperloop.

We are proud to represent the city of Munich and particularly the Technical University of Munich with the valuable support from our Patrion, University President Thomas Hofmann. We believe that the Technical University of Munich is the place to go, with TUM students winning all four previous Hyperloop competitions and we wish to continue on this legacy!


Our Goal

Our team is determined to compete in the Not-a-Boring Competition, which is organized by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company. The competition challenges participating teams from around the world to drill a 30m long and 50cm wide tunnel as quickly and as accurately as possible. In addition to individual technical briefings to the Boring Company, the actual competition will take place in spring or summer 2021 in the California Mojave Desert, north-east of Los Angeles (probably in Adelanto). Similar to the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitions, all of which TUM took first place, the focus of the competition again lies in increasing the current performance and speed of drilling such tunnels by using innovative technologies.

We have already had successes: our preliminary design was accepted (meaning we entered the second round) and we have gained the attention of various media outlets such as one of the most popular local German newspaper, Handelsblatt and various sponsors. Our tweet has even been liked by Elon Musk himself! However, we are still in need of support to realize our goal!


Our Passion

Our team spirit is unique – we cherish our team’s diversity, comprising nationalities from all over the world, namely, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Middle East, Europe and America, accompanied by a wide-range of academic backgrounds ranging from Engineering and Computer Science to Business and Politics. We believe such an inter-disciplinary team is one of our greatest assets, where regular knowledge exchange sessions between the OPS team and Technical team are held. Our success depends on intrinsic motivations and the commitment of independent workload of at least ten hours per week.


Our Mission

We at TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling are solving two of the world’s most pressing problems: Climate Change and Traffic. With a shared dream in a future of sustainable mobility, we found ourselves naturally teaming up to compete in Elon Musk’s “Not-A-Boring Competition” to develop the safest and most efficient tunnel boring machine. We believe that by building an innovative tunnel boring machine that facilitates underground transportation via Hyperloop, we can contribute to the fight against traffic congestion, mitigate traffic accidents and eradicate air pollution caused by vehicles. We strive to contribute to the advancement of a new age of urban mobility.


Our Core Values

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Passion. We genuinely like what we do.
Perseverance. We are determined. Nothing sets us back.
Forward-thinking (mentality). We want to contribute to the future of mobility.
Set in Munich, at home in the world. We are proud to represent our city and our university, yet our horizon is broader.
Teamwork. We collaborate. We share. We discuss.


Support Us

If you want to support us on our journey to California, feel free to contact us at and follow us on our Social Media at @tum_boring!


About TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling

We are TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling e.V. i.Gr., a team of 60 highly motivated students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) who have teamed up to innovate towards a greener future in which we aim to eradicate traffic congestion and air pollution. To achieve this, we aim to build the world’s fastest tunnel boring machine and compete in Elon Musk’s Not-a-Boring Competition. This competition, hosted by The Boring Company, challenges teams from around the world to drill a 30m long and 50cm wide tunnel as quickly and accurately as possible. As students from TUM had won all of the four SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitions, we hope to continue the legacy and win at the competition finals, which will take place near Los Angeles in spring or summer 2021. After passing the Preliminary Design Briefings in November, building a small prototype, and boring the first meters of a 20cm wide tunnel, we are currently working on the Final Design, which we will finish in Early 2021. If you want to support us on our journey to California, feel free to contact us at and follow us on our Social Media at @tum_boring!

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