Participants are strongly encouraged to build diverse teams of students and professionals from interdisciplinary fields and institutions across southwest Michigan.

To participate in the Design Challenge, teams must have:

*3 - 5 members
*At least 2 students
*At least 1 design professional

 For a student to participate on a design team, he or she must:

*Be currently enrolled in, or recently (within the last 6 months) graduated from, a higher education institution in southwest Michigan.
*Not be a jury panel member.

Eligible institutions include: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Aquinas College, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design.