“An avenger like team collaborating halfway across the globe, we are thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this wonderful experience.”



SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) - United States

A group of Service Designers from Savannah College of Art and Design. Coming from 4 different majors and cultural backgrounds has made them adaptable to unique working conditions and able to branch out to new and different perspectives. They all share a passion for service design and sustainability, which brought them together for this exciting journey.


Team members - Yeji Han (United States), Brianna Carney (United States), Tyler Stupart (United States), Arundhati Bagrodia (United States) and Jaidon Laylor (United States)

“Everyone on the team was so responsive and excited about this design challenge while also handling their own rigorous course loads. I loved learning with the team about service design and sharing best practices for design thinking, ideation, and storytelling. The depth and breadth of research the team pursued were beyond impressive and really shone through in the strength of their final solution.”

Assessment coach, Megan Calvin - UX Designer at IBM Garage, New York, United States

Service concept

The Neighborhood Shelf - an online marketplace and physical store shared by contractors and the small-scale construction community. The service cycles excess and discarded materials by connecting contractors working on larger projects with small-scale projects, providing them unused materials at a discounted price.


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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.