“Thinking about an entire service is an enormous job, but with the support from the challenge mentors, this became a very smooth process for us. The things we've learned will stick with us for a very long time.”



Delhi Technological University - India

Team RADAR (Gold winner) is a group of five undergraduate design students hailing from Delhi Technological University in India. Their passion for challenging the current boundaries of experience design brought them together and drove them to participate in the Challenge. Armed with varying interests and skills, each of the five members brings a different perspective to the table and complement each other's abilities.


Team members - Ipshita Singh (India), Arnav Gupta (India), Raghav Byala, (India) Akshita Mishra (India) and Akash Seth (India)

“The team showed resiliency, curiosity, and a strong passion for sustainability during the Challenge. Team Radar's idea of utilizing existing resources to design a circular solution was brilliant. It's time we realize that improvement does not necessarily equal the addition of new elements to solve a problem.”

Assessment coach, Apurva Dabhade - Designer at IBM AI Applications, Prune, India

Service concept

Radar X - a complete sharps waste collection solution for healthcare facilities. The service aims to make the process of medical waste disposal more efficient and economic by building a decentralised network that distributes the treatment to several autoclaving facilities instead of relying on one central collection unit.


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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.