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Poster for Wege Prize 2023 encouraging people to register.

Wege Prize 2023, the international design competition of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD), has opened applications for its collaborative design challenge focused on catalyzing real-world solutions for the circular economy.

Since 2013, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) has inspired college and university students from around the world to envision a sustainable future through Wege Prize. Now in its tenth year, the competition continues to challenge students to successfully build a diverse transdisciplinary team of five, identify a “wicked” problem to address, and develop a compelling solution (product, service, or business model) that follows the core principles of the circular economy: eliminate waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate our natural systems.


During the competition’s nine-month span and four distinct phases the student teams will cultivate a research plan that will ultimately grow into a concrete circular solution. Each team will receive feedback from the competition’s judges to apply to and expand on their projects.

Those teams whose ideas the judges deem best positioned for real-world success will advance at each phase, with all competing teams receiving in-depth feedback that will help advance them beyond Wege Prize. The top teams will present and defend their solutions in front of the judges and a global online audience at the Wege Prize 2023 Awards event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

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