The Gel 2013 Conference takes place this spring in New York City and runs from April 17th – 19th. Gel is a 10-year-old conference for leaders, designers, and thinkers who care about creating a good experience – in art, business, technology, society, the world, and life.

Gel 2013 invites all undergraduates, graduates, and recent graduates to participate in this year’s Design Challenge on re-thinking education.

Challenge: “What is one way you would improve education, based on your own student experience?”

Awards: The winner will receive one non-transferrable ticket to Gel 2013 (April 18-19, NYC) and a chance to present their work on stage. Runners-up will be displayed on

Deliverable: Create a video, PDF, or slideshow (Keynote, PowerPoint) to describe your idea. Think about your own experience as a student and propose a change or innovation that would improve the educational experience for students who will come after you. This could be a specific product, service, app, class, building, or other innovation; it could be online or offline; mainly, be specific in your idea. Both text and visuals will be helpful in the entry.

How to Enter: Email a link to your entry (i.e., for videos, a link to the Youtube or Vimeo page; for documents, a download link) to

Judging criteria: All entries will be judged by the Gel team. Winners and runners-up will be chosen on the basis of creativity, clarity of communication, impact of the visuals and text in the entry, and effectiveness of the idea on improving the educational experience for students.

Originality: Entrants warrant that their submissions are original work, created for the Gel Design Challenge. Entries belong to the entrants; we will post links to the winner and runners-up on the Gel website.

Deadline: The deadline is Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST Time.

For more information visit the Gel Conference and Design Challenge website.

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