About the Competition

Co-sponsored by the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council, the annual Student Design Competition creates opportunities for interdisciplinary student collaboration while advancing a current Divisions Council Inititiave. Finalists present at the National Planning Conference and the winning team is awarded a $1,000 prize.

The 2018 competition challenged teams to design a "Sharing Economy" — themed project in New Orleans's Iberville neighborhood.

2018 Winner

NOLA Shares

Cornell University
Team Leader — Anna Callahan; Team Members — Thomas Pera, Hannah Plummer, Kari Spiegelhalter

NOLA Shares features a web and app-based platform that aims to increase and facilitate shared skills, resources and knowledge across the Iberville community in downtown New Orleans. In addition to cloud-based infrastructure, the team proposed physical kiosks installed throughout the neighborhood to guarantee access for all residents.

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Finalists

University of Illinois at Chicago
Team Leader — Xiaochen Chen; Team Members — Yuanyi Xiao, Donggyu Lee

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Team Leader — Ryan Graves; Team Members — Tony Heath, Parag Gupta, Chieh Yang, Bincy Koshy, Susannah Davidson


Previous Winners

2017

The 2017 Student Design Competition invited interdisciplinary student teams to apply place-based Smart City technologies to a specific New York City site. The winning team, L.E.A.P. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, creatively identified a four-part vision — L.E.A.P. to a Smart Future — detailing how Smart City technologies could be used to improve Livability, Empowerment, Accessibility, and Play on site.

Winner

L.E.A.P. to a Smart Future

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Finalists

Four additional teams were selected as finalists and presented their ideas at the National Planning Conference in New York City.

Smart CATS

Kansas State University

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Adaptive Strategies

New York University

Poster

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UCLA MURPs

University of California, Los Angeles

Poster

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The All-Nighters

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Poster

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