PepsiCo and The Society of Women Engineers
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Poster Submission Deadline:

July 2, 2018

2018 PepsiCo / SWE Student Engineering Challenge

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2017, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.At the heart of

PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders.


Challenge Statement

In the tradition of the PepsiCo/SWE Engineering Challenge, we are calling for your innovative ideas and technical solutions. For this year’s program, you will have the opportunity to respond to a challenge stemming from one of the following PepsiCo equipment categories: Fountain Sensors, New Age Hydration and Cooler Design. Please find a summary about each category and the associated challenge statement below for your review. To participate, please choose one category challenge to which to respond.


Challenge Option #1: Sensors

Design and develop a means to enable a bag-in-box system to know when the BiB is empty or near-empty and send an alert to be replaced.

Challenge Option #2: New Age Hydration

If PET and single use containers were banned tomorrow on college campuses, how would PepsiCo sell Aquafina and LifeWTR branded water to students at school? Consider what “water outside the bottle” means to you and how you might dispense to consumers in the college and university setting.

Challenge Option #3: Cooler Design

Consider the current way in which a cooler is manufactured and recycled. How might new processes and materials eliminate these bottlenecks to build a more sustainable cooler?


References

1. PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose 2025 Agenda
2. PepsiCo Global R&D College: Fountain Equipment Principles of Operation

Submit Your Resume to PepsiCo

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Maximum size 5MB. PDF, DOC, DOCx formats are accepted.

Winning Submissions Receive:

1st Place

  • $500 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE18 in Minneapolis, MN from October 18- 20, 2018
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE18 paid for by PepsiCo

2nd Place

  • $250 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE18 in Minneapolis, MN from October 18- 20, 2018
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE18 paid for by PepsiCo

3rd Place

  • $100 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE18 in Minneapolis, MN from October 18- 20, 2018
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE18 paid for by PepsiCo

Challenge Requirements:

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1. Identify and Research

Identify technologies and technical solutions for the challenge statement/category you chose. Do your research and be creative!

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2. Provide Details on Your Solution

Provide details around how feasibly your solution could be executed in terms of the following, but not limited to:

1) Cost of implementation
2) Scale (size of impact)
3) Time required to implement the technology
4) Resources required

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3. Demonstrate Projected Outcomes and Impact

Provide details on the projected outcome or impact that your innovation would have on PepsiCo’s business and/or our customers and consumers.

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4. Submit Your Abstract and Poster

Read full terms and conditions for submissions in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ section and submit abstract and proposal for your solution by July 2, 2018.

Submit Your Abstract and Poster:

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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 proposed solution.

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

Your solution must be presented through a one-page poster using the poster format provided.

Download the 2018 PepsiCo Student Engineering Poster Template here. Posters must be submitted with Abstracts in one 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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