webstie main image.jpg
130930_MG_0509-2801041387-O.jpg
130927_MG_0335Copy+1-2794717682-O.jpg
webstie main image.jpg

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?

 

This is your chance to work collaboratively, use design thinking

principles, and contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, all

while helping to show theworld what the future of problem solving

looks like.

 

But first, head over to the Wege Prize Community Forum and

create a unique user profile so you can start making connections,

exchanging ideas, and building your team!


Joining the Wege Prize Community Forum is free and easy, and

you're not obligated to participate in the competition by doing so.

Join today and start exploring!

 

The deadline for team registration is January 11, 2015.

SCROLL DOWN

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?

 

This is your chance to work collaboratively, use design thinking

principles, and contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, all

while helping to show theworld what the future of problem solving

looks like.

 

But first, head over to the Wege Prize Community Forum and

create a unique user profile so you can start making connections,

exchanging ideas, and building your team!


Joining the Wege Prize Community Forum is free and easy, and

you're not obligated to participate in the competition by doing so.

Join today and start exploring!

 

The deadline for team registration is January 11, 2015.

HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET?

details and INSTRUCTIONS HERE

 

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.

 

*Head to the Rules page for more information on individual and team participation requirements, specific submissions instructions, and the judging process.

130930_MG_0509-2801041387-O.jpg

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.

SCROLL DOWN

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.

In 2009, Dame Ellen MacArthur created The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a non-profit organization with the aim of inspiring a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy. The Foundation has a wealth of resources you can utilize to get up to speed on the ideas, practices, and terminology behind the big idea of the circular economy.

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 video 'Re-Thinking Progress' from The Ellen MacArthur Foundation 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. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

130927_MG_0335Copy+1-2794717682-O.jpg

Resources


Here are some additional resources to help you learn more about the issues,

ideas, and principles behind Wege Prize.

SCROLL DOWN

Resources


Here are some additional resources to help you learn more about the issues,

ideas, and principles behind Wege Prize.

130927_MG_0345-edit-2794717742-O.jpg

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a human-centered approach for the development of ideas, business models, strategies, products, services, and brands. This technique pursues innovation through an alignment of consumer needs, sustainable manufacturing, and opportunity.

130927_MG_0325Copy+1-2794717325-O.jpg

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. 

130930_MG_0498-Edit-2801041201-O.jpg

Wicked Problems

A wicked problem doesn't imply a sense of 'evil', but rather denotes a problem that is considerably resistant to resolution.  Efforts to grapple with one aspect of a wicked problem often reveal or create other obstacles that must be considered and overcome.