“Being provided with a clear design brief, handy design tools, and supportive mentors immensely enhanced our design skills. We have advanced in teamwork and learned how to spark creativity when solving very complex problems.”



Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana - Slovenia

Team BULKY BANANAS (Bronze winner) is a team of six Industrial Design students from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Their shared interest in changing the world by working on socially and environmentally conscious design projects brought them together to participate in this year’s edition of the Challenge.


Team members - Tjaša Mužina (Slovenia), Pia Groleger (Slovenia), Luka Pleskovič (Slovenia), Simon Rozman (Slovenia), Maruša Dolinar (Slovenia), Žan Girandon (Slovenia)

“It was an absolute pleasure working with such bright and hard-working students. They really deserved the prize, and I am looking forward to seeing their careers bloom.”

Assessment coach, Dijana Buckovic - Innovation Business Programs Lead, Belgrade, Serbia

Service concept

FUTR za JUTR - a service solution that combines an app and an intelligent food locker to decrease food waste by improving food donations. The app works as a communication tool between stakeholders. At the same time, food lockers improve the accessibility of pickup points for users and lessen the work burden for volunteers.


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Until when can teams register?
Teams can register until January 14, 2022. They will have until Friday January 21, 2022 (11:59:59 PM CET) to submit their research proposal(s). We expect that the preparation for a proposal will take at least a few weeks.
Can I enter the challenge alone?
You cannot participate as an individual student. You need to be part of a team of 4 to 7 members.
Is there any limitation on the number of members in a team?
Yes. The team needs to have at the least 4 team members and no more than 7 team members. All team members have to be students.
I am not a Service Design student. Can I enter the challenge?
Yes, you can. You need to be part of a multidisciplinary team, preferably with at least one design student.
Is there an age limit for entering the challenge?
No, there are no age restrictions, as long as you meet the criteria about student status.
Can a team submit more than one research proposal?
Yes a team can submit more than one research proposal, but you should submit each proposal separately.
What happens to our ideas, materials, etc.?
As a participant in the challenge you will retain intellectual property ownership of all your challenge submission ideas. There is no transfer of intellectual property rights to any third party as a condition of participating in the challenge. Please read our Official rules before submitting.