The competition follows a three round process. Each round focuses on communicating the team's ideas through a different mode, as follows:
Round 1 - Short Paper
Teams will submit a short paper (6 pages maximum) describing their design solution. Expert reviewers will evaluate submissions and the best solutions will be selected to proceed to round 2.
Round 2 – Remote Presentation & Poster
Advancing teams will have to submit a poster outlining their design idea, and discuss their proposed solution with a panel of Student Design Competition Judges. These presentations will be conducted using online teleconferencing technology. The Judges will select three winning teams to participate present their projects at the UPA conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Round 3 – Presentation at the Conference
The three finalist groups will be invited give a presentation of their designs and posters in-person to the attendees of the UPA 2011 conference in Atlanta. First, second and third place winners will be announced and awarded at the conference dinner.