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Fox DESIGNchallenge 2015

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The Fox DESIGNchallenge is an annual civic innovation competition. We’re looking for passionate, creative students from any field of study. Enter and transform your great ideas into meaningful change.


Philadelphia grew up around its dense, colonial street grid, which laid the perfect foundation for walkable, transit-oriented communities. This is one reason why Philadelphia is one of the top 5 cities in the country with commuters walking, biking, or using transit. And yet even with accessible transit, the 20th century ideal of car ownership persists.  Philadelphians believe that we can do better.

The American Public Transportation Association estimates that the average Philadelphia household can save close to $12,000 per year by eliminating one car and riding transit. These savings would help bolster struggling families, businesses, and communities across the city. The environmental dividend would also be significant – riding SEPTA reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.

How can we change our transit system and car culture to achieve the economic, social, and environmental dividends from a less auto-centric future?

Outcomes can include:

  • Technology enabled proposals
  • Spatial and Environmental proposals
  • Behavioral and cultural proposals

About the Challenge

The Fox DESIGNchallenge is an annual civic innovation competition to transform great ideas into actions. It brings together a diverse mix of students to collaborate across disciplines to create solutions to today’s most challenging urban issues.

Focused on North and South Broad Street, the main spine of Philadelphia, the annual themes frame the competition around urban space, technology, and the creation of a platform for civic engagement and change.

Each year over 150 students participate from Temple University, the University of the Arts, and collaborating universities and select Philadelphia high schools.

Student teams interview civic, business and community leaders, research areas of interest, identify problems and opportunities and design solutions that are environmentally responsible, economically sustainable, and humanly satisfying.

The Challenge is organized by the Center for Design+Innovation at Temple’s Fox School of Business and the Design for Social Impact Program at the University of the Arts.

This year’s Challenge is funded in part by of The Knight Foundation and US Economic Development Agency through their support of Temple’s Urban Apps and Maps Studios.  Proposals developed by the teams form an open source library of civic innovation ideas through the Urban Apps+Maps Studios.

Eligibility and Benefits of Participation

All students of Temple University, the University of the Arts and our partner institutions are eligible to enter. If you are a student from another school interested in participating, please contact James Moustafellos at jamescm@temple.edu.

Students must register individually.  Registrants will be placed in diverse teams comprising varied schools, skills and disciplines.

Benefits of participation:

  • Envision and help implement meaningful change.
  • Be part of a dynamic, collaborative, active learning experience.
  • Work with the Urban Apps & Maps Studios for new business development.
  • Exclusive networking access to faculty, Challenge mentors, City officials and Challenge judges
  • Cash and other prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners.
  • Winning proposals will be displayed throughout the SEPTA system.


February 20-25, 2014


January 01-February 18

Individual Registration

February 12, 6-8:00pm

The University of the Arts
Panel Discussion

February 20, 4-6:30pm

MBA Commons, Alter Hall, Temple (Required)
Challenge Kick-off and information roundtables
Networking Reception

February 21-24

Guided group tours and individual fieldwork and research (minimum 1 Required)

February 25, 9:30am-5pm

The Kimmel Center, Hamilton Garden
All-day Challenge (Required)
Team formation and proposal generation
Awards Ceremony + Reception


James Moustafellos, Temple

James MoustafellsJames Moustafellos is an award winning designer, thinker and entrepreneur. He is an Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems and Associate Director of the Center for Design+Innovation in the Fox School of Business and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University.


Jeremy Beaudry, UArts

Jeremy BeaudryJeremy Beaudry works in and between the fields of socially-engaged art, design, and education. He is an Assistant Professor of Design and Director of the Design for Social Impact Program at The University of the Arts.


Hamil Pearsall, Temple

Hamil PearsallHamil Pearsall is a human-environment geographer specializing in GIS applications for urban sustainability and environmental justice. Her research employs GIS, spatial statistics, and qualitative approaches. Her current research projects focus on vacant land management, urban agriculture in Philadelphia, and the socio-spatial dimensions of urban greening.


Rebecca Zinn, Temple

Rebecca ZinnBecca Zinn is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Fox School of Business and a Project Executive with Fox Management Consulting, where she manages consulting engagements and leads marketing strategy for the practice.


Partnering Institutions


Temple Apps and Maps Studios



Kimmel Center
Garces Catering