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NMSU joins 15 universities from across the globe for Invent for the Planet, 48-hour design challenge

On Feb. 16-18, New Mexico State University will join Texas A&M, Arizona State University and 11 other universities from around the globe in the first-ever Invent for the Planet design challenge.

Invent for the Planet is a 48-hour intensive design experience that engages student teams at different universities across the globe on a single weekend to solve high-impact, global problems. New groups will join the race to innovation as time travels across the globe. The local event is hosted by NMSU’s College of Engineering and Arrowhead Center and is open to all university students.

“Invent for the Planet is a great opportunity to showcase the distinctive, interdisciplinary talents of our students here at NMSU,” said Patricia Sullivan, associate dean for outreach and recruiting in the College of Engineering and member of Invent for the Planet steering committee. “In keeping with our land-grant mission of service, this event challenges students from across all disciplines on campus to come together to create, innovate, and design ingenious ways to address a set of needs statements with environmental impact across the global.”

Participating teams will have access to global mentors via a network developed by Texas A&M, as lead university, as well as local mentors from NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. Additionally, teams will have access to prototype resources like 3-D printing, robotics, electronics and communications equipment within the College of Engineering’s Aggie Innovation Space.

The 48-hour event will present 15 global needs statements for students to choose from as they begin the challenge. Interested students can sign up at NMSUAggiesInvent.EventBrite.com at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nmsu-aggies-invent-invent-for-the-planet-registration-42765566962. There is no cost to participate but space is limited.

Participating universities include Boise State University; Wichita State University; New Mexico State University; Arizona State University; Texas A&M University; Swansea University, Swansea, Wales; Texas A&M, Qatar, State University of Pernambuco, Recite, Pemambuco; Arabe Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt; Universidad Politechnica de Yucatan, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; University of Technology Yatanarpon, Cyber City, Myanmar; Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Phnom Penh; and Mahidol University Bangkok.

Winners from the NMSU campus event will compete against other participating universities from across the globe. Invent for the Planet is sponsored by the participating universities, VentureWell and Microsoft.