(call for proposals closed, check out the five finalist teams on our Happenings page)

The Hopkins Ecological Design Initiative (HEDI) is excited to launch our first annual Student Ecological Design Competition. For the 2019-2020 academic year, this funded competition focuses on the ecological problematic of “Food Systems.”

HEDI invited teams of undergraduate and graduate students from Baltimore-area universities to design and prototype new devices, conceptual systems, platforms, spaces, flows, or other creative designs that address problems in local or regional food systems.

Five finalist teams were selected and will receive $500 each to develop their designs for display in a Spring 2020 public exhibition in Gallery Q in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the JHU Homewood Campus. The winning team will receive $2,000 in seed funds to carry the project forward, which will be announced at an April reception in the Gallery.

Judging panel:

  • Jane Bennett, Political Science, JHU
  • Lee Davis, Co-Director, Center for Social Design; Faculty, Master of Arts in Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
  • Michael Degani, Anthropology, JHU
  • Holly Freishtat, Baltimore City Food Policy Director
  • Rebecca Kelly, Director, Environmental Science and Studies; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, JHU
  • Jacqueline O’Regan, Curator of Cultural Properties, Sheridan Libraries, JHU
  • Anne Palmer, Program Director, Food Communities & Public Health, Center for a Livable Future (CLF), JHU
  • Susanna Thon, Electrical and Computer Engineering, JHU