Sustainability Design Challenge 2023
Join us for the 6th Annual SDC Kickoff Event!
If you were unable to attend the kickoff event on September 27th but still would like to participate in this year's Sustainability Design Challenge, then please review the SDC 2023 Kickoff slide deck and contact Richard Hsu, firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, September 29th at 11:59 PM is the deadline for team applications.
For the main event, teams should meet at the Innovation Hive in Harney Science Center on Saturday, October 7th from 9 AM to 7 PM to design, develop, and present their solutions to a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes. Meals and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
What is the Sustainability Design Challenge
The Sustainability Design Challenge is a multidisciplinary team event that addresses sustainability challenges at USF and beyond with creative, impactful solutions. All majors, undergraduates, and graduates are encouraged to participate! This is a great opportunity for students of any discipline and skill level to collaborate, learn more about sustainability and design thinking, and have a positive influence on their community!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE KICKOFF AND THE COMPETITION?
Students will receive their challenge during the kickoff event at Fromm 120 (Xavier Room) on Wednesday, September 27 from 6-8 PM (dinner is provided) and have two weeks to form teams and submit idea proposals. Teams whose proposals are accepted will meet during the main event at the Innovation Hive in Harney Science Center on Saturday, October 7 from 9 AM to 7 PM to design, develop, and present their solutions to a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes. Participants will be provided with catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as refreshments throughout the day. Both the kickoff and the main event are required for full participation in the competition.
WHAT IS A DESIGN CHALLENGE?
You are presented with a problem, and you work in a team to find a solution.
WHAT'S THE GOAL?
To propose a solution that will help promote good habits of environmental sustainability here on our campus. Your solution will likely be in the form of a concept proposal and development plan that addresses a sustainability challenge at USF.
WHAT KIND OF SOLUTION?
The format is up to your team. Maybe it's a physical object, a smartphone app, or a public education initiative. There is no limit to the form your solution can take!
WHO'S ON A TEAM?
Teams will be multidisciplinary, representing different areas of interest and expertise.
HOW ARE PROPOSALS JUDGED?
Your team's proposal will be judged on its feasibility, impact, and creativity by a panel of expert judges from the fields of sustainability, design, and social impact.