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Fox DESIGNweek Challenge 2014

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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.

The 2014 Challenge: TALKING TRASH

Empirical data demonstrates that cleaner neighborhoods are safer and facilitate economic development and business attraction. However, despite dedicated public and private sector resources, litter is a pervasive problem throughout Philadelphia, contributing to neighborhood distress and stifling community growth and vibrancy.

We challenge students to explore the various causes and types of litter in Philadelphia and how the “waste” problem is handled in the City (including constituent causes of litter – both in terms of origin and accumulation), and propose innovative and creative solutions that the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful could potentially work to pilot in targeted neighborhoods.

Potential solutions include products/services/systems.

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 100 students participate from Temple University, the University of the Arts, 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 with 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 and our partner institutions are eligible to enter.

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.


February 14-18, 2014


January 28 - February 12

Individual Registration

February 14, 2-4:30pm

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

February 15-17

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

February 18, 10am - 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 Master of Industrial Design 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.

Partnering Institutions

U Arts

Temple Apps and Maps Studios

Project Collaborators

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful


Kimmel Center
Garces Catering