“We had never been exposed to such a long-term project before, and it is a unique opportunity to have teachers and designers in the professional field providing guidance and tutorials during each round.”



The Glasgow School of Art - Scotland

Team Calaband is a multidisciplinary team from The Glasgow School of Art with students pursuing the Master in Design Innovation & Service Design, the Master in Design Innovation and Citizenship and the Master in Product Design Engineering. Their team name “calaband” combines the words calabash and band, associating care and collaboration. It expresses their desire to collaborate interdisciplinarily and improve people’s lives through the use of  innovative research and design solutions.


Team members - Ting Lin (China), Struan Fraser (Scotland), Xidan Tu (China), Zemeng Li (China), Xiaonan Yang (China), Zihui Zhao (China), Hu Yixiang (China)

“I loved the enthusiasm of the team to explore new ways to understand needs and opportunities and navigating between exploring the options and then getting focus as a team to move forward to the next phase of design.”

Assessment coach, Kevin Self, IBM Studios Hursley, UK

Service concept

Greenspace - supporting independent elderly people with heart conditions. Greenspace is a connected, accessible gardening service designed to help people recover from poor heart health. Sensors in the garden provide metrics to suggest tasks recommended by healthcare professionals that gently improve fitness. By engaging with nature, making friends, and encouraging exercise, Greenspace offers the opportunity to improve individual and societal well-being.


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and co-organized with SERVICE DESIGN COLLEGE, in
collaboration with IBM and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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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.