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Virtual Student Sustainability Action Challenge

Virtual Workshop: Wednesday, March 2nd | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Virtual Finalist Pitch-Fest: Friday, March 4th | 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

This will be an event for students that will introduce you to the process of human-centered design and design thinking as a means to develop solutions to complex problems including: empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and iterating. We want to challenge you to generate ideas and find creative solutions built for the humans who will actually use them. Outcomes of this process might come in the form of programs, actions, processes, or artifacts - physical or digital. This experience will provide students with a valuable skill set you can use in your future as well as a creative, productive way to tackle complex sustainability problems. Higher education institutions are invited and encouraged to recruit one or more student teams of 3-4 students to participate in this challenge!

The Workshop component on Wednesday will offer a combination of guest expert speakers, collaborative group ideating and project development and mentorship from local industry leaders. The Pitch-Fest component will consist of time for the top teams to pitch their Sustainability Action Idea, and judging and awards. Both components will also allow for virtual participation.

Teams are encouraged to:

Free to join!
The students and teams registration deadline is February 23.
Register here >>

Cash prize awards are given for this challenge!

1st place: $500

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $200


Environmental Considerations Does the project consider the environmental sustainability of its implementation and execution? How will the project impact the ecological conditions of the region in both the short and long term?
Interactivity, Inclusivity, Social Justice, Diversity, Equity Are there efforts made to promote inclusivity, access, engagement and collaboration? Does this solution account for and benefit marginalized communities? Is there space for reflection on the experience of others within this solution? Is it socially responsible?
Originality and Creativity Has this been done before? We are interested in creative problem solving that goes beyond what has been tried before and will inspire action and thinking outside of the box. We are particularly looking for innovative actions that will inspire solution-building.
Solution Oriented Is this a potentially effective solution to address the problem? Does it bring stakeholders together from separate divisions of the campus or community to create collaboration and to break-down traditional silos?
Quality We are looking for actions that convey a clearly articulated subject and objective. Pitches should meet the high standards of the academic institutions that host the conference.
Replicability Does the project offer long term value prospects? Can it be implemented in other regions or locations? Does it have a plan for continuation on its campus, city, or area?