PepsiCo and The Society of Women Engineers
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Submission Deadline:

July 17, 2017

Did you know that PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world? Every day, PepsiCo R&D is exploring innovative ideas to strengthen the company’s global impact and its customer experience.

Want to build your resume and set yourself apart? Imagine being able to tell a prospective employer that you won a highly-contested competition and made a major breakthrough for PepsiCo at the same time.

Now in its third year, the PepsiCo / SWE Student Engineering Challenge is seeking your innovative ideas and technical solutions to challenges in relation to three critical areas: Water, Packaging, and Equipment. Beginning now through July 17, undergraduate teams are encouraged to participate in this year’s Challenge by responding to one of the following challenges:

Water: Consider how water is used at different points along the life cycle of PepsiCo products and propose how we can lessen our net environmental, water extraction or overall usage.

Packaging: Packaging provides product protection, containment, utility, promotion and consumer education. PepsiCo is always working on the next generation of packaging solutions, emerging technologies and innovative manufacturing processes to serve these functions while building on the company’s commitment to sustainability and driving Performance with Purpose.

Develop ways to package PepsiCo products more efficiently and with the environmental footprint and relevant resources in mind.

Equipment: Design what the next core category of PepsiCo beverage equipment will look like, to accompany our current offering of coolers, fountains and vending machines Keep in mind consumer trends, and design the way PepsiCo products will be consumed in the future and engage in true innovation.

Among the total submissions, across all three categories, the top three teams overall will be selected as finalists, and will be invited to present their submissions to a judging panel of PepsiCo R&D leaders at WE17 on October 26-28, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Jump on board and start your design today!

Download the official Challenge Charter
Download the official Challenge Terms and Conditions

Winning Submissions Receive:

1st Place

  • $500 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE17 in Austin, Texas October 26-28
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE17 paid for by PepsiCo

2nd Place

  • $250 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE17 in Austin, Texas October 26-28
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE17 paid for by PepsiCo

3rd Place

  • $100 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE17 in Austin, Texas October 26-28
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE17 paid for by PepsiCo

Challenge Requirements:

1. Identify and Research

Identify technologies for further improvement of trade quality and increase productivity of our beverage fountain machines. Do your research and be creative!

2. Provide Details On The Feasibility Of Your Solution

Provide details around how feasibly your solution can be executed in terms of but not limited to, the following: scale (size of impact), cost of implementation, time required to implement the technology and resources required.

3. Provide Details On The Projected Outcome

Provide details on the projected outcome or impact that your innovation has on PepsiCo business and/or customers and consumers.

4. Submit Your Challenge Solution

Read full terms and conditions for submissions in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ section and submit abstract and proposal for your solution by July 17, 2017.

Submit Your Challenge Solution:

Select Your Files

Your files must be submitted as PDF files. Files combined should not exceed 10 megabytes (mb) in size.

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Your abstract must not exceed 250 words and must not be longer than one page. The abstract MUST contain a title and a brief summary of the case study and:

Abstracts must be created in MS PowerPoint and submitted as a PDF file.

Your proposal MUST NOT exceed 15 pages and must contain:

1. Cover or Title Page
2. Brief Summary
3. Samples of Collateral Materials
4. References for all Research Materials

Proposals must be created in MS PowerPoint and submitted as a PDF file.

All submissions must follow all contest’s Terms and Conditions. Teams that do not follow the rules and regulations will be disqualified and will no longer be considered for participation in the competition. There will be no exceptions.

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