Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge

2018 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge

The FPA is pleased to announce that the 2018 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Call for Entries is now available.

The Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge has become a prestigious competition within the flexible packaging industry honoring flexible packaging solutions developed by students. Flexible packaging is used to package a wide variety of items. From retail food to medical and pharmaceutical products, the packaging possibilities are endless. The only limit is imagination!

The Challenge for students is to develop a flexible package solution that addresses a packaging issue, such as consumer convenience or the protection of food.

  • The package should advance the use of flexible packaging;
  • make an improvement over an existing flexible package;
  • convert a non-flexible package into a flexible package; or
  • package a new product or package a product that is not currently available in flexible packaging.

Students are asked to submit a concept outline which will be evaluated and when approved, students may begin development of the package prototype/bench sample. Students may work on the design in conjunction with their packaging schools. FPA members may be available as mentors to students advancing to the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample development round.


Students currently enrolled in a FPA academic member institution, and studying package engineering, chemical engineering, printing, packaging design, food science or a related discipline may enter the FPA Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge. Students may enter independently or as a team. Students may also work under the guidance of their professors/schools and with FPA members as mentors.


Any flexible package prototype or bench sample that addresses a packaging issue and advances flexible packaging will be accepted. A flexible package is any package whose shape can be readily changed when filled. The package design can include plastic film, paper, or foil or any combination of these materials.

The package entry can be an improvement over an existing flexible package, represent a conversion from another package structure to a flexible package, or package a new product, or a product that is not currently packaged. There is no limit to the number of entries a student or team may submit.

Entry Process

The entry process involves 3 steps.

  1. Completion of the General Information Request which should be submitted at the same time as the Concept Outline.
  2. Submission of the Concept Outline to:
  3. Once the Concept Outline is approved by a panel of industry experts, a bench sample or prototype must be developed and submitted to FPA with the Written Defense.


The student or team that develops the first place winning package will receive $1,000. The student or team that develops the second place package will receive $500.


  • September 15, 2017 — Deadline for Concept Outline
  • September 22, 2017 — Concept Approval Notification
  • October 27, 2017 — Deadline for Entries
  • March 13, 2018 — Winner Announcement

For more information, please download the Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Call for Entries.

Congratulations to the FPA 2017 Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners

1st Place Honors

Wipes on Wheels
Benjamin Huber, Brian Kuhns, Cody Marquardt, and Ashley Pratt
University of Wisconsin — Stout

Wipes on Wheels allows easy access to disinfectant wipes on the go. The wedge shape is made to fit in-between a car seat and the center console, conveniently in reach for everyone in the car. Its flexible design allows it to fit in a variety of different car models. The ever-growing desire to be clean, matched with the modern person’s need for efficiency, makes Wipes on Wheels an ideal product for the modern day busy person.


2nd Place Honors - Tie

Nathan Davis
Iowa State University

Ten to 90 lb. bags of grout or mortar are not conducive for small, around-the-house projects that occur in the life of a homeowner. QuickFIX solves this issue by packaging small units of grout or mortar material in an environmentally friendly, water-soluble material, and a bottom-gusseted secondary pouch; much like laundry soap. Additives can be separated and small amounts of product are easily mixed in a disposable cup for odd jobs and small repairs.


Single-Serve Microwavable Hot Dog
Isaac Hines, Ryan Knudtson, and Sam Salewske
University of Wisconsin — Stout

This new hotdog package will revolutionize packaging for hotdogs. Our packaging design is similar to string cheese packaging. It features a perforation between each of the hot dogs, and the material allows the product to be microwaved. Thus, you can eat one or as many hot dogs as you want! Also, each hot dog is very easy to open on its own. Just pull from the corner to get to the product. No more wasting food!


Honorable Mention

Ice Dronettack
Zenia Adiwijaya
Iowa State University

Want a refreshing icy beverage delivered to wherever you are? Ice Dronettack it! Along with a stand-up reversed primary package, the Ice Dronettack mother pouch utilizes an aluminum composite laminated structure that provides thermal, spill, and environmental protection. The ability to separate the mother pouch from the primary package allows the consumer to retrieve the single use ice drink, which provides a sustainable and reusable drone-delivery option that is both cost effective for the brand-owner and better for the environment.