ILLINOIS
DESIGN
CHALLENGE
Register now! The Midwest’s Premier Product Design Sprint Challenge
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WHAT ARE WE DOING
$1800in cash prizes
200participants
We are challenging students to innovate solutions to real-world problems through CAD and engineering design principles. By providing students with a platform to share their ideas in a hackathon-style format, they have the opportunity to win exciting prizes!

Highlights from IDC 2023
Being the midwest’s first product design sprint, we have amassed over 200 attendees, which was a record amount of participants. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we were able to see all of the participants innovative and exciting work showcased at IDC’s 2023 event!
innovation
At the Illinois Design Challenge, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. Through our competitions, we provide students with the platform to explore creative solutions to real-world problems. From conceptualizing groundbreaking designs to implementing cutting-edge technologies, participants are encouraged to think outside the box and push the boundaries of engineering design. With the help of staff members and industry experts, students have the opportunity to turn their innovative ideas into tangible solutions that can make a meaningful impact on society.
leadership
Leadership is a cornerstone of the Illinois Design Challenge experience. As participants, students are empowered to take charge of their projects, lead their teams, and drive progress towards their goals. Whether it's presenting ideas in front of a panel of judges or collaborating with team members to overcome obstacles, students develop leadership skills that will serve them well in their future careers. Through mentorship opportunities and workshops focused on effective communication and teamwork, participants learn how to inspire and motivate others, ultimately becoming influential leaders in the field of engineering design.
networking
Networking is an essential component of the Illinois Design Challenge, providing students with valuable opportunities to connect with sponsors, industry professionals, and fellow participants. Through exclusive events and networking sessions, students can engage in meaningful conversations with sponsors and IDC staff members. These connections not only offer students valuable career opportunities but also foster a sense of community and collaboration within the engineering design ecosystem. Whether it's forging partnerships for future projects or seeking advice from experienced professionals, networking at the Illinois Design Challenge opens doors to endless possibilities for personal and professional growth.
Duncan Wardle
“Innovation often comes
from outside of your
industry.”