PepsiCo and The Society of Women Engineers
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Poster Submission Deadline:

July 5, 2019

2019 PepsiCo / SWE Student Engineering Challenge

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, 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.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.


Challenge Statement and Resources

In the tradition of the PepsiCo and the Society of Women Engineers (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 three topics: eCommerce, Zero Waste, or Process Optimization. Please find a brief description of each challenge below. For additional background information and complete description, download the full challenge statement. To participate, please select one challenge to solve and submit an abstract summarizing your solution along with the provided poster template.


Challenge Option #1: eCommerce
Design and develop a PepsiCo eCommerce product along with an innovative method to deliver it to the consumer.

Challenge Option #2: Zero Waste
Tropicana orange juice processing results in a significant amount of orange peels each day which can be made into a variety of byproducts. Design a process to extract more value from the peels.

Challenge Option #3: Process Optimization
PepsiCo’s Food for Good initiative makes healthy food more physically and financially accessible for low-income families. As the program expands, it is looking for ways to improve its cleaning processes. Develop an optimized process to clean the transport totes.


References

1. PepsiCo’s 2017 Sustainability Report
2. PepsiCo’s Food for Good

Submission deadline was July 5th, 2019. Thank you to all that submitted. Please contact Sinead Gaffney with any questions.

Winning Submissions Receive:

1st Place

  • $500 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE19 in Anaheim, California from November 5-7, 2019
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE19 paid for by PepsiCo

2nd Place

  • $250 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE19 in Anaheim, California from November 5-7, 2019
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE19 paid for by PepsiCo

3rd Place

  • $100 per team member
  • The opportunity to present your team solution at SWE’s Annual Conference WE19 in Anaheim, California from November 5-7, 2019
  • Hotel rooms, flight and conference registration for WE19 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. Design Justification
  2. Challenges and Potential Drawbacks
  3. Manufacturing Strategy
  4. Engineering Drawings
  5. Timeline
  6. Environmental Impact
  7. Cost Analysis
  8. Voice of the Customer
  9. References
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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 5, 2019.

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.

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 2019 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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