TPEG Alumni Community Design Competition Returns in 2023

After a one year hiatus, the TPEG Alumni Community Design Competition will return in 2023. When the COVID-19 global pandemic hit in early 2020, hundreds of college students with lifelong dreams of working in the themed entertainment industry saw summer jobs and hard earned internships evaporate before their eyes. Luckily, a group of Ohio State Theme Park Engineering Group (TPEG) alumni decided to do something about it and organized a Theme Park Design Competition to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their creativity and skills. We were blown away by the attention to detail displayed by the winning teams in 2020 and 2021 and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with in 2023.

Design Competition 2023

Registration for the next TPEG Alumni Community Design Competition opens on Monday, January 9th, 2023 with the deadline to register being January 31st. Projects will be due Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 and the winner will be announced on May 5th. Start forming your teams now!

Who can participate? Any undergraduate student who is currently enrolled in any university or who has graduated within the past year. If you graduated any time after January 1st, 2022 you are eligible to compete. If you are an incoming freshman for Spring 2023 you are eligible to compete as well. ​Teams can be anywhere between one and five students. We recommend collaborating with students who are studying different subjects to get a wide viewpoint and with different skillsets. The prompt is designed to be collaborative and challenge all students regardless of their major. However, no one outside of the project team should examine, correct, edit, work on, or give feedback on your final project.

Judging and Prizes

Teams will submit a presentation in PDF format where they will be judged on:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to follow all the required criteria
  • Creativity
  • The ability for the design to work in a practical manner

All participants will have the ability to put the status of your rank in the competition on your resume as well as use what you create in your professional portfolio. As previous students have said, “This competition has given us the opportunity to hone in our skill,” and “it was an amazing opportunity for the additional portfolio work to show off.”

We’re proud to announce the winning team will once again be interviewed on the Coaster101 podcast and featured on our website!

​New this year, the first place team will also win the following career coaching services from Ful Life Coaching:

  • one 90-minute goal planning session with Coach Ali (video or phone)
  • one month of unlimited virtual coaching support via text and email with Coach Ali starting (date of winnings earned)
  • exclusive 20% discount on two or more professional makeover services (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, business cards)

For a complete list of criteria, rules, conditions, prizes, and how to enter, see the TPEG Alumni Competition website here.

If you’re planning on joining the 2023 competition be sure to check out the past competitions to get an idea of the strategies they used and even what tools helped them.

Also be sure to join our community on Linkedin.

Best of luck to all the students!


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