How to Enter

1. Create your design

What would you design for a more peaceful and just world?

Learn more about the 2022 Design Challenge and use these resources to help ignite your creative thinking. You can enter as an individual or as a team of up to three people. Only one team member needs to submit your entry on behalf of the team.

Tips for Creating Your Sketch:

  • You will need one sketch of your design idea that you will upload as a .jpg (must be at least 8.5 x 11″ at 300 dpi).
  • We recommend using an 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • Your sketch can be drawn in any medium by hand or on a computer.
  • The quality of the sketch will not be judged, but it should help illustrate the design concept.

If you are a student with a disability, you may submit a written description of your idea as a .pdf or an audio description of your idea as an .mp3 as needed (200 words or less) or contact DesignCompetition@si.edu by January 31, 2022 to discuss other possible modifications to enable participation.

2. Describe your design

Tell us more about your idea! Remember to use these resources as you work through the challenge. The online entry form will include a box where you can copy and paste your responses.

Design Challenge Questions:

 1. Tell us about the opportunity you’ve identified to reimagine the world and design for peace and justice.
What specifically about it are you reimagining? Who is affected and how does it affect them? Is this something you observed, experienced, or learned about in another way? How might this impact other users? (50 words or less)

 2. Tell us about your design idea.
Describe your design, its key concepts, and how it works. (50 words or less)

 3. Tell us about the impact of your design for your user(s).
Describe how and why your design creates a more peaceful and just world for the user(s) you identified as well as others. How will users access and experience your design? (50 words or less)

If you are a student with a disability, you may submit audio files of your responses as .mp3 files as needed or contact DesignCompetition@si.edu by January 31, 2022 to discuss other possible modifications to enable participation.

3. Submit your design

The online entry period will be open from January 4 to February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time). Late entries will not be accepted. On the submissions site, you will create an account and be able to work on your entry before submitting.
The entry deadline for 2022 has passed. Email us at DesignCompetition@si.edu to be notified of future competitions.

Entry Requirements:

  • Your name and contact information, and the names and contact information for all team members, if applicable. Note: Only one team member should create an account and submit your entry on behalf of the team.
  • An upload of your design sketch as a .jpg (must be at least 8.5 x 11″ at 300 dpi), or alternate file type as described in step 1.
  • Responses to the design challenge questions noted in step 2.
  • An upload of your signed parent/legal guardian consent form as a .pdf or .jpg file (must be 300 dpi). The form must be completed and uploaded, and don’t forget the signature! If you are submitting a team entry, each team member must submit a signed parent/legal guardian consent form. If you prefer, your parent/legal guardian may complete the form using DocuSign. Please ensure they save a copy once complete that you can upload to the submission site with your other materials.

Important Notes:

  • Your entry cannot have any marks, logos, or writing on it that identifies authorship so that Cooper Hewitt can review all entries anonymously.
  • You may not share your design on social media or in any public manner until after the finalists are announced (anticipated to be on April 7, 2022).
  • For any questions, please visit FAQs.