June 9, 2017

Cooper Hewitt National High School Design Competition

I am so happy to see our nation's young people thinking about ways to solve huge problems.

Earlier this week, I was invited to New York City’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to judge the second annual National High School Design Competition, organized in collaboration with Target. This year, students were asked to develop a plan, a system or a product that would provide communities better access to healthy, fresh, affordable foods. The contest was open to all high school students across the country between 13 and 19-years of age. I was thrilled to be a part of this judging panel, and to hear the finalist entries. Other judges included Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt; Katherine Darnstadt, founder and principal architect of Latent Design; Siggi Hilmarsson, founder of Siggi’s Yogurt; Sam Kass, former White House Chef; Jason Mayden, CEO of Super Heroic Inc. and former senior global design director at Nike; Todd Waterbury, chief creative officer at Target, and Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project.

Here are some photos - enjoy.