How to Participate
Design for regeneration. Design for people, planet and prosperity. Cumulus Green 2020: For a New Circular Economy calls on all Cumulus students to submit their best work to help us achieve SDG 12 and foster a circular economy.
Participation means a chance to be recognized by the international community with a prize or honorary mention, the public showcase of your work, and travel to the Cumulus Conference in Rome in June 2020.
*This diagram is informed by Richard Buchanan’s Four Orders of Design framework. See: Richard Buchanan (1992). “Wicked problems in design thinking,” Design issues, 8 (2), 5-21.
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?
A well-researched submission clearly describes the problem, stakeholders, purpose and proposes a solution that is contextually grounded and well informed.
Creativity is key. We want to see new ideas with the potential for true impact.
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 Cumulus Green 2020 competition.
Individual and Team Submissions Accepted
Students may enter as individuals or as part of a multidisciplinary team (there is no limit to the number of members in the team).
Mentorship and Collaboration with external institutions and/or organizations
Students and teams are encouraged to seek academic and professional mentorship/advisement. Submissions may include students from non-Cumulus organizations. However, the lead entrant must come from a Cumulus member institution.
What assets do I need to submit with my entry?
Please refer to the submission pdf form for detailed instructions.
Students are invited to submit up to 1 individual project. They can also submit 1 team project for a total of 2 projects entered in the competition.
Competition Website Portal
Opens September 2019
January 31, 2020
Notifications to Winners
April 15, 2020
Roma 2020: Design Culture(s)
June 16–19, 2020