How to Enter

THE Competition ENTRY DEADLINE OF March 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM (ET) HAS Passed. NO ADDITIONAL SUBMISSIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED.

Three steps to enter

1. Create your design!

What would you design to improve a community’s access to healthy, fresh foods? Learn more about the competition and use these resources to help ignite your creative thinking.

2. Prepare your entry

Below is the information you’ll need for your entry. Click here to register, start, and complete your entry online. You will be able to save your online entry and come back to it later before submitting.

  • One sketch of your design idea. 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. Feel free to use one of these templates to get started. Remember, you will have to create a .jpg, or .png file of your drawing when it’s time to enter.
  • Written responses to the following questions. The online entry form will include a box where you can copy and paste your statements.
    1. Tell us about the community you had in mind when you were designing your concept.
      Is this your community? A neighboring community? Is it urban, suburban, or rural? Is it a residential area or a business district? (30 words/150 characters or less.)
    2. Tell us about the obstacles to having access to healthy, fresh foods that your design addresses.
      Is proximity an issue? Are foods too expensive? Is the community knowledgeable about the benefits of healthy fresh foods? (30 words/150 characters or less.)
    3. Tell us about the stakeholders—the people, groups, and/or organizations—in the community your design will help.
      Will high school students, the elderly, working parents, local businesses, university, etc. benefit from your design? Were there any organizations or community members you talked to while developing your idea? (30 words/150 characters or less.)
    4. Tell us about the environment, setting, or context in which the community will benefit from your design.
      Will your design be at a school, local park, library, shopping center, community center, abandoned store, online, parking lot, etc.? (30 words/150 characters or less.)
    5. Tell us about your design idea and how it works.
      Think how your idea improves access to healthy, fresh foods for the community you identified. (50 words/250 characters or less.)
  • An upload of your signed parent/legal guardian consent form as a .jpg, .png file, or .pdf (must be 300 dpi). Both page 1 and page 2 must be completed and uploaded. You may fill out the form on a computer, but don’t forget the signature!

3. Register and Complete the entry form

Click here to register, start, and complete your entry online. You will be able to save your online entry and come back to it later before submitting. You will need the following to submit your online entry:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • An upload of your design sketch as a .jpg or .png file (must be at least 8.5 x 11 inches at 96 dpi). Ensure you choose a digitization method for your entry that meets the minimum file requirements listed.
  • Responses to the five questions noted above.
  • An upload of your signed parent/legal guardian consent form as a .jpg, .png, or .pdf file (must be 300 dpi). Both page 1 and page 2 must be completed and uploaded. You may fill out the form on a computer, but don’t forget the signature!

Entry Deadline

March 20, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (ET)

Late entries will not be accepted. Once you submit your entry, you will receive a confirmation email that your entry has been received. Please note that only finalists will be notified of their selection. The finalists will be posted on the Cooper Hewitt website on April 7, 2017.

timeline

Please review the schedule carefully. Only the events marked with an * are optional.

February 1, 2017: Competition launches.

February 1–March 16, 2017: Q&A period.

March 20, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (ET): Entries due.

Week of April 3, 2017: Stage Two Brief document released to finalists.

April 7, 2017: Finalists announced online.

Week of April 10 or 17, 2017: Finalists’ videoconference or phone calls with mentors to further develop their designs.

May 12, 2017: Finalists travel to Boston.

May 13, 2017: Finalists attend Mentor Day with Food + Future mentors.

June 3-4, 2017: Finalists travel to New York City to present in person to the judges on June 4; Winner is selected and announced online.

Summer 2017: Winner travels to Minneapolis to visit Target headquarters (*optional trip).

October 16-17, 2017: Winner travels to New York City to attend the Teen Design Fair on October 17 and visit Cooper Hewitt to see his or her design featured during National Design Week, October 14–22, 2017 (*optional trip).

Important Notes

  • You may only enter as an individual, and you may only enter once.
  • Your entry cannot have any marks, logos, or writing on it that identifies authorship. This is so 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 on April 7, 2017.
  • Please review the entry requirements on this page as well as the competition rules and conditions for your participation. Unfortunately, entries that do not fulfill the requirements will not be considered.
  • All entries become the property of Cooper Hewitt and will not be returned.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Target are not responsible for lost, damaged, undelivered, or digitally corrupted entries.
  • No resubmissions will be allowed. To avoid mistakes, please take a look at our FAQ page, where you can troubleshoot and submit any questions you may have about the National High School Design Competition.