Have an idea for how to improve access to affordable, fresh food? Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Target announced the second “National High School Design Competition: Good for All” asking students to submit design proposals for transforming food desserts. Not only will the winning design be featured at Cooper Hewitt during National Design Week (October 14-22, 2017) but the team will visit Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis as well as participate in a mentor day in Boston with Target, IDEO and MIT Media Lab’s Food + Future venture program.

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“Cooper Hewitt has long championed design’s vital role as a discipline for addressing humanitarian concerns,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, in the press release. “With nearly 30 million people living in ‘food deserts’ in the U.S. and the rates of obesity and diet-related disease at an all-time high nationwide, new models are needed now to ensure communities have access to healthy, fresh food. This competition opens the doors for teens to engage in the valuable problem-solving skills that design provides and learn how design affects every facet of daily life.”

Students will be evaluated on three main criteria: Innovation (creativity and originality in design), Impact (Large or small, scalable) and Relevance (Does the design address obstacles faced in the identified community?). Using curator Cynthia Smith’s current exhibition of socially responsible design as a source of inspiration, students can peruse projects featured in By the People: Designing a Better America. Whether it’s projects that bring fresh food into the communities that most need it, creatively reusing space or designing for multiple groups of people, innovative design solutions come in all forms.

Students have until March 20, 2017 to participate in the design competition. Enter your project ideas today!