Student Design Challenge Application

Students Are the Driving Force in Industry Innovations

In its 19th year, the FPA Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge has become a prestigious competition within the flexible packaging industry and honors 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 competition is open to 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.

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.

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. The deadline to submit a concept outline is March 3, 2023, and students will be notified of the advancement status by March 10, 2023. The submission deadline for the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample, written defense, and video proposal is April 14, 2023.

We will announce the winners on May 12, 2023. 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.

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Concept Outline

Prior to sending the bench sample or prototype, a Concept Outline must be submitted for evaluation and approval by a panel of industry experts. When the Concept Outline is approved, students may then send in their prototype/bench sample.

The package concept should address a package issue, such as the need for safety, security, or protection of food, health, or consumer convenience. The package concept should advance the use of flexible packaging and 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 packaged in flexible packaging. 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. There is no limit to the number of entries a student or team may submit.

Please provide a description of the packaging issue(s) this package will address in a narrative of up to 2,000 words. The concept should be very detailed and include a picture or sketch of the package.

Please remember, your concept MUST be for a flexible package. In the description of the package concept, include the materials to be used, the structure, and design of the package.