Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
In order to attend Plan-It Earth, you must be 18 years or older, enrolled in a college or university. Though interest in the environment, sustainability, global development, business, entrepreneurship, technology, or public policy is encouraged, undergraduate and graduate students from any school and any discipline are welcome to apply.
What is the schedule of the event? What is the time commitment?
Registration begins at 4 pm on Friday, April 12, and there's a break for the night between 10:30 pm and 8 am. The event lasts until 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 13. We encourage all student participants to stay throughout the entirety of Plan-It Earth, given that your team will need all hands on deck to ideate your project and prepare for the pitch competition starting at 3:40 pm on Saturday. If you have another pressing commitment, you will be allowed to leave, but be sure to clear that with your team.
What do I need to bring to the event?
Please bring photo ID as well as a laptop and charger. We will provide pens and paper, but if you have any other materials you would like to use, you may want to bring those items. We highly recommend that you bring copies of your resume. Meals and snacks will be provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle.
Do I need to already have an idea to participate?
No, you do not need to already have an idea to participate. You will work with your team and mentors to develop and pitch your idea. However, if you've already got a project you're passionate about, we invite you to come to Plan-It to enhance it and compete for our prizes.
Do I need a team to apply?
No, you do not need to have a team to apply. At the beginning of the event, we will help you form a team of up to five students. However, if you already have a team, be sure that each member of the team submits their own application.
Do I need to know how to code?
No, coding is not required to participate. We are promoting Plan-It as an ideathon to encourage students from all disciplines to apply, as the best ideas are often interdisciplinary.
What are the themes for this year’s event?
The themes for this year’s event align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 11, 12, 14, and 15 which are Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Life Below Water, and Life on Land. Specific challenge statements can be found here.
Where will the events be taking place?
The events will be taking place in buildings on Georgetown’s main campus. On Friday, we will be in the Reiss Science Building until 7 PM, then move to Copley Formal Lounge, and on Saturday, we will mostly be in the Fisher Colloquium at the McDonough School of Business. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions about directions.
How do I get to Plan-It Earth?
As most participants are Georgetown students and the event is taking place on campus, we will not be providing transportation. For non-Georgetown students, the campus is accessible by public bus (G2, D2, D6, 33, 30N, 30S, and Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn and Georgetown-Union Station circulators). Georgetown also offers free shuttle buses (GUTS buses) from the metro stops Dupont and Rosslyn, and they are available to all participants. Parking is available on site but is limited.
Does Georgetown University reserve the rights to what we create at Plan-It Earth?
No, you own your creation. Georgetown University will not have any control over the rights of the product you develop during Plan-It Earth, even if you receive prize money to launch your project.