Students can join as individuals or in teams. Students must attend the September 6th event in order to enter the design challenge.

The Census 2020 Design Challenge aims to generate innovative interdisciplinary technology solutions that could impact New York City's participation in the 2020 Census. The Census is one of the greatest civil rights issues we are facing right now.

As New Yorkers, our fair share of over $700 billion a year allocated by the federal government is at stake. This is funding for public education, public housing, senior centers and dozens of critical programs.

We invite students from all schools at the university to participate in this exciting opportunity to address a complex and future-facing problem. Individuals and teams from all backgrounds are welcome. Bring your passion for solving real problems!

Contact Ivy Schultz ( with any questions.

Food will be provided.

Related Classes

Students in these classes will have the opportunity to incorporate the design challenge into their course work. Independent research with a faculty advisor is also encouraged.

  • Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics: Applied Math Seminar (taught by Prof. Chris Wiggins)
  • Computer Science: Advanced Web Design (taught by Prof. Lydia Chilton)
  • Computer Science: Hacking for Defence (taught by Prof. Paul Blaer)
  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research/Mechanical Engineering: Human-Centered Design (taught by Prof. Harry West)
  • Computer Science: User Interface Design (taught by Prof. Brian Smith)

Recording of Design Challenge Kickoff

Key Dates

Friday September 6

Kickoff, Computer Science building, Room 451, 11:00AM