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WEGE PRIZE 2015


GOES NATIONAL. STARTS NOW.

The brightest collegiate minds in America are gathering to solve a truly wicked problem.

Will you be one of them?

Team registration opens on October 8, 2014, so start making connections, exchanging ideas, and building your team today!

Stay tuned for more information.

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WEGE PRIZE 2015


GOES NATIONAL. STARTS NOW.

The brightest collegiate minds in America are gathering to solve a truly wicked problem.

Will you be one of them?

Team registration opens on October 8, 2014, so start making connections, exchanging ideas, and building your team today!

Stay tuned for more information.


It's all about perspective: seemingly random and unrelated elements reveal themselves as essential elements of a larger whole. The Wege Foundation logo embodies the collaborative spirit that defines not only this competition, but the future of problem-solving as we know it.

What is Wege Prize?

Wege Prize is a yearly transdisciplinary design competition that gives teams of five the chance to work collaboratively, use design thinking principles, and contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like.

 

This Year's Challenge

For 2015 we will be revisiting the following wicked problem: How can we create a circular economy? Each team will design and propose a specific business model, product, or service that can function within and contribute to a circular economy. The winning submissions will possess the greatest elegance and inspire hope for success while exemplifying an acute understanding of the wicked problem’s delicate social complexity.

 

The Prizes

First Place - $15,000 divided among the 5 team members.

Second Place - $10,000 divided among the 5 team members.

Third Place - $5,000 divided among the 5 team members.

 

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What is a circular economy?


The economic model of extract-manufacture-disposal relies on vast reserves of expendable resources and an environment that can absorb unlimited waste. But simply reducing waste and the consumption of limited resources is not enough. A circular economy provides a tightly looped, restorative economic cycle where resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the loss of revenue.

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What is a circular economy?


The economic model of extract-manufacture-disposal relies on vast reserves of expendable resources and an environment that can absorb unlimited waste. But simply reducing waste and the consumption of limited resources is not enough. A circular economy provides a tightly looped, restorative economic cycle where resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the loss of revenue.

The essence of the circular economy lies in designing goods using technical materials to facilitate disassembly and re-use, and structuring business models so manufacturers can reap rewards from collecting and refurbishing, remanufacturing, or redistributing products they make.
— Ellen MacArthur

There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation video 'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy.

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Resources


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Resources


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Design Thinking

Design thinking is a human-centered approach for the development of ideas, business models, strategies, products, services, and brands. This technique embraces observation and empathy, using design principles and methods to pursue innovation through an alignment of consumer needs, sustainable manufacturing, and market opportunity.

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Collaborative Design

As an integral component of design thinking, collaborative design empowers the pursuit of innovation by immersing a diversity of transdisciplinary perspectives in the processes of analysis, experimentation, development, and implementation. 

Wege Prize Facebook Group
For discussions, questions, photos, etc. go to the Wege Prize Facebook Group.  This is a resource for you.

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Wicked Problems

wicked problem doesn't imply a sense of 'evil', but rather denotes a problem that is considerably resistant to resolution. Solving one requires satisfying the many competing and conflicting interests of multiple stakeholders from many fields. Because of their complexity, efforts to grapple with one aspect of a wicked problem often reveal or create other obstacles that must be considered and overcome.