CIE Opens the Student Design Challenge for #MasonInnovators - Sign Up Today!

Student Design Challenge



The Fall 2022 Student Design Challenge Is Open for Registration!

The Fall 2022 Student Design Challenge, inviting students to reinvent the urban agriculture industry, is now open for registration! 

The goal of this semester's program is to explore current industry challenges and reimagine solutions such as innovative aquaponics, vertical gardening structures, or disruptive energy systems that will support sustainable and affordable food production in urban areas, while also reducing the carbon footprint of the food system. Each semester, the Student Design Challenge focuses on a different industry.

CIE will provide fall semester participants with access to the tools, technology, and mentorship from Mason alumni, staff, and faculty members, as well as the chance to learn from industry experts and local urban agriculture ventures. 

The Student Design Challenge will include over $3,000 in CIE Innovation Awards for selected finalists. In addition to cash prizes, winners will also receive post-program ongoing support from CIE as well as opportunities to present their prototypes at CIE events.

The in-person kick-off event will take place on Tuesday, September 27th at 4:30pm-6:30pm at the MIX (lower level of Horizon Hall). 

Urban agriculture has emerged as a sustainable and resourceful way of producing food in urban environments. It is one of the fastest-growing industries (pun intended!) at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) rate of 24.46% which is predicted to result in a global market size of $16+ billion by 2027. Join us we help you develop your vision of the future!

Register today!


*Read more about CIE's Spring 2022 Student Design Challenge and how the program supports #MasonInnovators.