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    About Us

    TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling e.V. is an initiative of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) consisting of 60 highly motivated students who have teamed up to innovate towards a greener future in which we waste less time commuting. We see building tunnels as a technology destined for disruption and want to shape the future of tunnelling by innovation. To achieve this, we aim to build the world’s fastest tunnel boring machine (TBM) and compete in Elon Musk’s Not-a-Boring Competition, where we have already advanced to the finals along with eleven out of 400 participating teams (top three percent)Our initiative has been featured in many different newspapers and on various podcasts.

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    Our innovative team

    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 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 summer 2021.

    Our Design

    Faster Than a Snail

    Automation by Design

    Minimal Footprint

    We aim to tunnel much faster than a garden snail – that’s a lot faster than the current industry average.

    Our TBM is designed with automation in mind and equipped with many sensors and cameras. This makes it very safe and precise.

    We try to keep our footprint as minimal as possible in terms of noise level, needed space and pollution.

    Our Values

    Set in Munich, at Home in the World



    We are proud to represent our city and our university, yet our horizon is broader.

    We genuinely like what we do.

    We want to contribute to the future of mobility.