Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai, have announced the Urban Works Innovation Challenge 2018. This three-year collaborative design challenge brings together engineering, planning and policy solutions to transform workspaces into environments that support innovation and productivity.

“The challenge is aimed at young entrepreneurs and professionals from India, as well as students at Fu School of Engineering, who can create viable and interdisciplinary design concepts for transforming workplaces,” Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers, told BusinessLine .

Selected participants will work with Columbia University faculty and alumni as well as benefit from mentorship from entrepreneurs and academics in India, the official added.

In a statement, Mary C Boyce, Dean of Columbia Engineering, said, “Columbia Engineering faculty and alumni will mentor students as they design sustainable work spaces, and a winning student team from Columbia Engineering will travel to India to implement their ideas next May. All involved will share their expertise and gain a better understanding of the Indian context for environmentally friendly work areas.”

The challenge is supported by RMZ Foundation and is in partnership with The CoWrks Foundry.

The last date for entries is October 1.