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2023 Design Challenge

The 2023 Student Design Challenge will be announced soon! Until then, check out our past winners for inspiration.

The 2022 Student Design Challenge asked students to design new paperboard packaging and packaging components for an existing product that is currently packaged primarily in plastic.

The Brief

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 Student Design Challenge. 

Why Enter

The PPA Student Design Challenge offers real-world experience for student designers and an opportunity to showcase their talents and innovative skills on a national platform

The top three winning teams can also earn cash prizes and bragging rights. Finalists can also participate in the Paperboard Packaging Council’s annual Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference where they can network with professionals from across the industry.


1st Place

1st Place

$5,500 to the team
$5,000 to the school

2nd Place

2nd Place

$3,300 to the team
$3,000 to the school

3rd Place

3rd Place

$1,650 to the team
$1,500 to the school

Get Inspired

Get inspired by past entries and winners

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