Guidelines & Judging Criteria


The Campus of the Future competition is open to all U-M students (all majors, undergraduate and graduate) who are enrolled and post-doctoral fellows who are in residence at least a portion of the calendar year 2017.


Project abstracts were due on May 1, 2017.

Abstracts must be 500 words or less with one additional page allowed for figures/images and should include:

  1. A problem statement, proposed solution and approach.
  2. How the project fits into at least one of the three scales — room-scale, building-scale or total campus (it can fit into more than one category).
  3. A description of the final deliverable: a written report, prototype, performance, visual representations, computer simulations, temporary bricks and mortar, pop-up exhibits, art installations, etc.
  4. A description of any funds that would be required to complete the project (some funds are available on a need basis, not to exceed $2,000).

Projects that were accepted into the showcase were announced May 15, 2017.

Project Showcase

Materials due on September 24, 2017:

  1. A two-minute video describing the project, including the problem statement, proposed solution and approach. It should include a presentation of the findings and/or a demonstration of the prototype in operation, as appropriate to the specific deliverable.
  2. A description of any additional needs the team will need for the showcase (such as extra space, tables, AV, power, etc.)

An announcement of all qualifying projects will be made by October 8, 2017.

The project showcase takes place on October 26, 2017.

Each team will be given an assigned space at the showcase to exhibit their project. A team member must be present during the showcase to discuss the project and answer questions.

Judging Criteria

The Campus of the Future: The Six C’s of Academic Innovation

Challenge: addresses a specific need or challenge within current higher education campuses.

Creativity and Innovation: imagines radically creative and innovative ways for addressing this need or challenge.

Conceptual Development: addresses the need and proposed change in a thorough manner, having thought through in detail the issue at hand and the vision for change.

Coherence: the idea has a clear and coherent form and is clearly and coherently expressed.

Consistency: the idea has core purpose(s) and there is consistency among its parts that connect back to core purpose(s).

Changing Education: the extent to which this idea has the potential to transform how learning can happen.

Prize Money

A nationally renowned panel of judges will award $25,000 in prizes to the best projects at the project showcase.