Dear friends, the submissions for the 2019/2020 competition are now closed. We thank everyone who has taken part, and hope to see you as contestants in our next competition.
The competition encourages innovative solutions that relate to one or more of the following 3 categories:
Projects that illustrate how artifacts (products, communications, interactions, etc.) can embody responsible production and consumption and circular economy principles.
Projects that organize and improve the quality and interactions of human experiences in a circular economy context. Services may focus on one or more of the following: people, infrastructure, institutions and communications.
Projects that utilize design research and strategy to showcase multi-component elements that are interconnected and integrated solutions for the circular economy. Projects in this category may have widespread applications that rely on a wide range of formats and design disciplines.
The jury will be looking to reward submissions that represent the best work according to the following criteria:
- Desirable, viable and feasible design(s)
These three lenses are critical in all good design and are often referred to as “the trifecta of innovation.”
- Desirable: how can we create an experience that is truly human-centered and answers to the needs and aspirations of its intended audience?
- Feasible: what do we need to do in order to make the project happen? What are the variables we must take into account for the project to become a reality?
- Viable: how might you show that the solution is linked to a sustainable business model?
- Evidence of a rigorous research process informing the design solution proposed
A well-researched submission clearly describes the problem, stakeholders, purpose and proposes a solution that is contextually grounded and well informed.
- Innovative/novel solutions
Creativity is key. We want to see new ideas with the potential for true impact.
The submissions closed at 23:59 of January 31, 2020
- Where might submissions come from?
Submissions can consist of curricular and non-curricular projects and may include ideas developed as part of an academic assignment or course. Submissions can also consist of a project sponsored or developed with an external partner such as a private company, NGO, non-profit organization, or community organization. Submission entries may include work conceived at a date prior to the competition.
Students may enter as individuals or as part of a multidisciplinary team (there is no limit to the number of members in the team).
Students and teams are encouraged to seek academic and professional mentorship/advisement. Submissions may include students from non-Cumulus organizations.