Van Alen Institute and AECOM have just launched Fair Share, the 2016 Urban SOS global student competition.
The organizers are inviting multidisciplinary teams from around the world to apply the tools and principles of the “sharing economy” to tackle pressing urban challenges.
Expert juries of global thought leaders in five cities around the world will select competition finalists. The winning team will receive US $7,500 and up to US $25,000 of in-kind support from AECOM to bring their project to life.
The competition challenges teams of up to four students from different disciplines to come together to identify a problem or need that current infrastructure struggles to serve. The problem may be global in nature, but teams must identify a specific site and city for their proposal. They will determine how design and technology can create a sharing system with both digital and physical components that address this need.
Urban SOS 2016 is the seventh in a series of student competitions organized by AECOM and builds off of Van Alen Institute’s 120-plus-year history of organizing student design competitions.