Design for KAUST

Challenge + Workshops



Make tangible local impacts through rapid-prototyping and technologies.


Community life improvement, with a focus on energy saving solutions for residential and facility buildings in KAUST.


March 14, 6:30pm: Kick-off Event

March 21, 6:30pm: Idea exchange and team formation

April 9: Round 1 proposal submission deadline

April 11: Announcement of Round 1 successful entries (up to 10 teams will be selected and receive small project budget for prototyping)

April 11 to May 30: Workshop series

June, 2017: Final event and announcement of Round 2 awardees


Workshops and events will be hosted at The Space @Innovation Cluster.


Round 1 Project Selection Criteria

Round 1 entries are ranked by three key criteria (equally-weighted):

  1. Clearly articulated. Projects should have a clear question or problem they are trying to solve plus a reasonably specific proposed solution. Remember, people design for people.
  2. Attainable. Manageable milestones and their requirements (in terms of material and other resources) should be clearly identified. A well executed small project is always better than half-baked giants.
  3. Diverse team. Projects should demonstrate ready-to-go tasks for members with a variety of skills and at various skill levels. Each team should take into consideration different skill profiles:

There should be at least one subject matter expert / user in the team.

In addition, entries complementary to each other in amplifying local impacts are encouraged.

Round 2 Project Judging Criteria

Round 2 entries are judged by …

  1. Project Documentation + community engagement (social media or any other documented form of engagement are a big plus)
  2. Functionality
  3. Real world use-case
  4. Overall attractiveness


The “Local Impact Award” will be given in three categories:

The three awarded teams will share a total of 10,000 SAR sponsored by Residential Maintenance Services. Additional in-kind awards will be given to teams that demonstrate superb Makers’ spirits in different dimensions.


The Maker Space SDG is a self-directed group sponsored by Innovation & Economic Development and supported by the Visualization Core Lab, the Visual Computing Center, IT and The KAUST School (TKS).

Terms and Conditions

Please read these competition rules, terms and conditions carefully. By entering the Local Impact Award Challenge and Workshops (“Local Impact Award”) you acknowledge and agree to these rules, terms and conditions.

Ideas are cheap, go forth and make stuff together.