Student Competition

Design Your Future

The environmental impact of the consumer products industry is staggering. This industry is currently responsible for 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of global freshwater consumption. Design Your Future asks DePaul Students to envision and redesign better consumer products to bring sustainable thinking to the forefront of product design.

Tons of New Ocean Plastic Waste Each Year​
of Plastic is Recycled
0 %
of Packaging is Sent to Landfills

The Event

Sustainable Innovation Starts Here

About the Event

Design Your Future channels new and innovative solutions from diverse backgrounds, and encourages students to work collaboratively. Design Your Future will provide participants with:

  • Mentorship Opportunities
  • Regular Open-Ended Workshops
  • Scholarship Rewards of up to $5,000
  • Consumer Goods Industry Networking Opportunities

Event Breakdown

Design your Future consists of a two month long period from idea inception to final presentations. This competition will culminate in live presentations to a panel of industry experts.

  • Problem Released: January 17, 2021
  • “Meet the Mentors” Event: January 25, 2021
  • Product Proposals Due: February 14, 2021
  • Finalist Selected: February 15, 2021
  • Final Presentations to Industry Panel: February 18, 2021
  • Winner and Runner-Up Selected: February 19, 2021


Design Your Future encourages students from diverse backgrounds to work together and create a more circular economy; consequently, all undergraduate and graduate students from any DePaul College will be eligible to participate.