January 21, 2016
By Chad Porter

This past summer, HKS organized its first-ever Design Slam. This competition is a unique challenge that looks to use design as a solution to many global challenges, from poverty to climate change. Participating teams were asked to identify any problem in the world, and create a design solution for it. We received seven submissions from HKS offices around the globe. Each submission is truly unique and addresses a range of social issues, from gentrification in D.C., to transportation challenges in Mexico, slums in India, traffic in Atlanta, heat and public space in Phoenix and the aging population of China. Geraldo Palma Romero won the grand prize of $1,000. 

Here's a look at the entrants:

The Winner: Team #9, Mexico City
Ecomobility Station

Gerardo Palma Romero

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Honorable Mention: Team #8, New Delhi
Design for Happiness

Amit Joseph Kurien; Anish Prem Kumar; Ripudaman Singh

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Honorable Mention: Team #118, Phoenix
[sun]biosis

Norio Tsuchiya; Chris Jenkins; Ray Brown

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Team #5, Washington DC
DRIVE(ing) CHANGE

Lisa Goldsmith; Heidi Swift

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Team #7, Dallas
Net Zero City

Jungsoo Lee

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Team #110, Atlanta
Urban Patchwork

Taylor Heim; Michael Sena; Mason Couvillion

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Team #117, Richmond
Senior Living Communities

Nick Cooper

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