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?

Plan-It Earth 2021 will take place on March 20-21. 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.

What do I need to bring to the event?

Plan-It Earth 2021 will be a completely virtual event. As such, all you need is a device that can successfully utilize the following applications: Zoom, Slack, and Google Suite (Gmail and Drive).

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 your idea, work with expert mentors, and compete for our prizes.

Do I need a team to apply?

No, you do not need to have a team to apply! Prior to the event date, 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?

Coding is not required to participate. Plan-It Earth is an ideathon, rather than a hackathon–we 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 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and 13 (Climate Action). Learn more about each SDG by clicking on the image below.

Where will the event be taking place?

Both days of the event will be held virtually using Zoom, due to the on-going pandemic.

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.