By Akilah Robin
Manager, Paper Group
Where would innovative paperboard packaging be without future
packaging designers? Collegiate students from across the U.S. and
Canada continue to design industry-quality paperboard packaging
entries for the Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s (PPA) annual
Student Design Challenge (SDC).
On Monday, Nov. 3, the 2014 PPA SDC award winners and participants were recognized at a luncheon held in conjunction with PACKEXPO Chicago. Teams from Pratt Institute won first and second place and a team from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) received third place. Awards consisted of cash prizes to student teams and their schools, and – of course – bragging rights! The event was live-tweeted from The Responsible Package’s Twitter handle, @PaperBasedPkg, using #paperboard. All 59 entries can be viewed here.
SDC judge Jennifer Wolverton, packaging engineer at Unilever, presented the awards and provided invaluable industry expertise. SDC judge Brett Wade, global segment manager of International Paper, also attended the luncheon and provided one-on-one advice to students about their entries.
California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, FIT and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) were recognized for ten years of participation in the program. Additionally, luncheon participants had the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry with the People’s Choice Awards. A student team from California Polytechnic State University won this award.
Attendees left the luncheon with door prizes, the 2014 Winners and Entries brochure, the 2015 SDC scenario, and take-home bags with American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) and PPA informational materials.
The 2014 SDC luncheon was a success! Continued support from AF&PA and PPC helps promote paperboard packaging as a preferred substrate of choice amongst future packaging designers.