Ultimate urban greenhouse

Teams - What do I need to know?

You are very tempted to join our Challenge “Design the Ultimate Urban Greenhouse”. Then you are likely to have some questions that need to be answered before you take a final decision and give it your all. We will try to answer some of those questions here. If you don’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact me!

Why should I join?

Are you a student eager to explore your boundaries and expand your horizons? Do you have skills that you want to showcase to the world? This Student Challenge provides a myriad of opportunities for you: a platform for you to demonstrate your talent, a stepping-stone to achieving greater things in life. The Challenge represents unconventional but effective ways of securing internships, scholarships, jobs and exposure to real-world issues.

How do I find team members?

As the Challenge is multi-disciplinary, you may not be able to find all the expertise you need amongst the students you know. To identify the right team members, you can use our LinkedIn group, that has been set up specifically for this purpose.

Your team may comprise members from different universities.

What makes my team eligible?

  • The Challenge is open to Bachelor, Master and PhD students, from universities and universities of applied sciences. 
  • Max. 20% of your team may consist of members that were registered as a student recently, but no more than 12 months ago.

What makes your team successful?

To win this Challenge, you will need an “A-team”. You and your team members are fascinated by the topic, have a relevant background and think out-of-the-box. You are eager to win, a go-getter that sees obstacles as opportunities to learn and likes to put theory into practice. You don’t have a 9-to-5 mentality, you are willing and able to spend the time it needs to design the winning Urban Greenhouse.

We consider the below as crucial features of a winning team. These are not mandatory features however.

  • At least 3-5 team members that work on the design full-time from February to August 2018.
  • Additional team members that work on specific elements of the design on a part-time basis.
  • Members from a variety of disciplines, to cover all disciplines of the Challenge.
  • A team coach or mentor that supports your team through the design process.

How can I register?


From October 1st until October 31st  you can pre-register. The final registration date is 30 November 2017. On the website you will find instructions on what to submit. Fifteen teams will be allowed to compete. In case of a large number of registrations, Wageningen University & Research may consider adding additional selection criteria to allow the strongest teams to compete.