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Columbia Design Challenge - Urban Works India

The Urban Works Innovation Challenge invites applications from passionate students and entrepreneurs who can create viable and interdisciplinary design-concepts for transforming 21st-century workspaces into innovative and productive environments. In this 2018 challenge, winning individuals and teams will specifically work on environmentally friendly, ergonomic, and cost-efficient solutions for improving the sustainability of Indian workspaces.


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

We invite students from all schools at the university to participate in this exciting opportunity to address such a complex and future-facing problem.

This Design Challenge aims to generate innovative interdisciplinary technology solutions and policies that could have an immediate impact on the future of work spaces in urban settings in India. Teams selected to continue will win a trip to Mumbai in January 2019.

Below are key dates. For more information about the design challenge, please contact Columbia Engineering Director of Entrepreneurship Ivy Schultz is2350@columbia.edu.


Tuesday October 2

Kickoff, Davis Auditorium, 5:30PM

Saturday, October 6

Understanding the Problem and Ideation, Design Studio 9:30AM

Tuesday, November 13

Midpoint feedback session, 417 Mudd, 12:00-2:30PM

Friday, December 7 

Final Presentations, 520 Mudd, 1:00-3:00PM