Biomimicry 3.8 Student Design Competition (April 2014)

Theme: Life-Friendly Transportation Solutions
Deadline for Team Registration: 7 February 2014

Whether it’s simply getting from home to work or using products shipped over distances near and far, in every region of the world transportation impacts our daily lives.

At first glance, transportation may simply appear to be about the movement of people and goods. But looking deeper, it’s also closely linked to equality, access to healthy food and good schools, and wildlife impacts, for example.

As the mobility demands of people and freight have grown, so too has the need for products, systems, and services that will make the transportation sector more life-friendly, for both people and the planet.

Can biomimicry help us address the deeper needs around transportation? Let’s find out!

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Hult Prize (September 2013)

Sponsor: Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult and the Hult International Business School
Competition: “startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship” based around a specific issue conveyed through in-depth case study
Prize$1 million seeded into a new company that the winning team will run.
Eligibility: worldwide
Deadline : competition is more complex than most. It kicks off in September, worldwide, with 5-person teams affiliated to one university or college (an alum is allowed). There’s a regional competition component. There are online and offline components, as well as a live “accelorator” experience.

Better World Challenge: Redesigning the Billy Taylor House (August 2013)

Sponsor: The annual conference, A Better World by Design, and Providence nonprofit, Billy Taylor Project,
Competition: layout and programming for the second floor of the Billy Taylor House, a local RI community center, to affect, inspire, educate and unite the local youth.
Prize: Small cash prizes ($1000 and less) and display at the BWBD conference.
Eligibility: no geographic or student eligibility explicitly stated
Deadline : 16 August 2013

People, Prosperity, and Planet Competition (Autumn 2013)

Sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency
Competition: challenges college students to design solutions for a sustainable future, across a wide range of categories such as water, energy agriculture, built environment, materials, green infrastructure, clean cooking, and chemicals.
Prize: seed money of $15,000, final prize for R&D of up to $90,000
Eligibility: United States, students at colleges or universities
Deadline : initial round in the autumn when colleges apply to compete for seed money. Winners of seed money continue through April to final judging

Siemens Urban Ideas Contest (Aug 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 19 August 2013

With half of humanity living in cities, urban life is becoming more and more challenging: clogged up subways, huge amounts of waste or bad air quality are just a few of the issues city dwellers struggle with. Luckily, exceptional minds around the world are already coming up with inventions that can help us lead a sustainable life in urban jungles. These people have been able to make their ideas come alive in order to improve the quality of life for themselves and the people around them.

Help Siemens find these inventions and create a human story about one of them! As a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens strives to drive innovations in cities and wants you to participate in their think tank of ideas for sustainable cities. The growth of urban infrastructure is approaching its limits and eventually, the fight against climate change will be decided in cities. Contribute to the conversation about this important topic and share YOUR urban ideas with us in a touching, human story!

More info, rules, etc. available at the website.

Design Competition: Sustainable Laundry (May 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2013

A competition for creative, enthusiastic designers or design students from around the globe. Showcase your innovations and you could win a Nexus tablet.

See details at the website.

2012 Design for Disaster – Student Design Competition

Student competition: Design the Future of News (Dec 2011)

Deadline for submissions: 5 December 2011
Eligibility: any student, or person who graduated in 2011

Thomson Reuters and the IxDA are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2012 Student Design Challenge!

Entries are open now, and close on December 5, 2011. Be in the running to win a scholarship to Interaction 12 in Dublin, and take part in an exciting design challenge around the future of news.

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Modular Robotis cubelets Packaging Design Competition (Apr 2011)

Deadline: 15 April 2011

Modular Robotics is getting ready to launch the first Cubelets kits, and the product deserves a brilliant, sustainable, and thoughtful packaging design.  We’ve only been out of school for a couple of years and we know that the best work comes from hungry, motivated designers who aren’t stuck in a corporate rut.  So, a competition.  Design the packaging for our Cubelets Standard Kit, and enter your design to win prize money and recognition.

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Design competition at Mobile HCI 2011 (Aug 2011, Stockholm)

Design Competition at Mobile HCI Conference 2011

This is the 2nd year of design competition at Mobile HCI. The selected contestants will present their design at the conference, and  thereby winners will be chosen based on the combined votes from the audience and the jury members.

Submission for participant screening:

  • 1st submission of IDEA DOCUMENTATION: April 22nd, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance & review feedback: May 31st, 2011

If you are selected for poster booth exhibition:

  • Camera-ready submission of IDEA DOCUMENTATION + POSTER: June 27th, 2011

If you are selected for presentation:

  • Camera-ready submission of IDEA DOCUMENTATION + PRESENTATION: June 27th, 2011

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