Frequently Asked Questions
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Eligibility and Team Structure
Who can participate in the Contest?
The Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students worldwide.
Can more than one team from the same university or college compete?
Absolutely. There is no limit to the number of teams that can compete from the same institution.
However, each student may not belong to more than one team.
What types of students should participate?
Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the competition, teams are encouraged to include members from any field of study relevant to the team’s design. Common disciplines include: engineering, architecture/planning, industrial design, economics, business, environmental science, policy, chemistry, marketing, and education.
How many students can be on a single team?
A team of about 8 students is recommended, although teams with no less than 3 or up to 12 students are allowed. Teams may not exceed 12 students at any time. In cases where more than 12 students are interested in participating in the Contest, students are encouraged to split into two separate teams.
Does each team need a faculty representative?
Yes. All teams must have a faculty member of the participating university on the team. Adjunct and emeritus faculty are welcome to serve in this capacity. Each team is limited to a maximum of two faculty advisors. Faculty advisors may give guidance and suggestions but cannot perform actual design work. Faculty advisors can advise more than one team, but they must assist in making sure the teams work independently to keep competition fair to other schools with only one team.
Registration and Deadlines
How do teams enter the Contest?
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Is there a fee to participate?
No. Thanks to our sponsors, any university team from around the world can participate at no cost.
What kinds of awards will be given to winning teams?
Click here for more information on prizes >>