Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge

The student, or team of students, who develops the first place winning entry will receive $1,000 and the second place winning entry will receive $500.

A Prestigious Competition

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 

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 product that is not currently available in flexible packaging.

How To Compete

2021 Student Design Challenge "Call for Entries" is now available, click here to download.

2021 competition deadlines:

  • September 25, 2020: Deadline for Concept Outlines
  • October 2, 2020: Concept Approval Notification
  • November 6, 2020: Deadline for Prototype/Bench Sample and Written Defense

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.

Congratulations to the 2020 Winners


Open Sesame – Premium Dipping Sauce
Pierson Berry, Ian Jennings, Linnea Landgren, and
Suzannie Marshall

California Polytechnic State University

We realized that regular soy sauce packets just weren’t cutting it. We created Open Sesame to transform on-the-go sushi into a better experience. Our packets were designed with our customers in mind, which is why they have a unique shape that no other brand does. This cutting edge design allows for ease of opening, dispensing, and enjoyment with the ergonomic pouch that opens into a bowl — no more messes. Never again will you have to use the lid as a mixing bowl.


TouchUp Pouch – 2-in-1 Paint and Applicator
Jai Araujo
San José State University

The TouchUp Pouch is a new and easy way to touch up paint on damaged walls. This innovative “2-in-1” fuss-free paint and applicator package is designed with consumer convenience in mind so that no brushes or rollers are needed. Every pouch comes with a pre-attached applicator sponge in its cap to facilitate quick and uniform paint application. After fixing the damaged/cracked area with plaster/spackle, simply squeeze the pouch and blot away!


Doughnut’cha Know Juice
Rosalyn Yasui
San José State University

Looking for a new way to experience drinking juice? The distinctive doughnut shape of the package is a unique way for juice to be packaged. This package allows for easy drinkability, accessibility, and functionality with a no-mess cap, so no worrying about having to puncture a straw into the juice pouch. Moreover, the clarity of the pouch is appealing because the product is displayed visually. Also, holding the juice pouch couldn’t get easier — it’s easy to hold in your hand, but you can also wear the juice pouch around your wrist like jewelry and enjoy the style of the “Doughnut’cha know juice (doughnut juice)” for some extra flair.