“The challenge has exceeded our understanding of design, and we learned new ways of thinking as our coaches guided us and the project progressed. These five months have been very rewarding.”




REPILL is a team of four undergraduate students of Industrial Design Engineering at ELISAVA in Barcelona. They are multitaskers eager to begin designing and creating positive impact for a better tomorrow.


Team members - Mariana Benitez (Mexico), Josep Villanueva Serra (Spain), Patricia Montalvo Hernández (Spain) and Dassin Ngopsie Teumo (Spain)

“Team Repill has worked closely and orchestrated themselves in an optimal way. They managed to have an innovative business idea and successfully applied design thinking methodology and deep research analysis.”

Assessment coach, Victoria Coello - Service Designer at IBM iX, Madrid, Spain

Service concept

REPILL - a digital platform that enhances the pharmacy-consumer experience and facilitates the correct and appropriate return of medical waste to a collection point. The application keeps track of medicines, alerting users about expiration dates and how and where to correctly dispose of them.


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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.