A global youth Sustainable Design convention on

Eco-centric housing

Happy Teenager
March 27-28
For Ages 14-18
teams of five/six
Chance to join 6 month design lab after event

Why Ecothon?

Ecothon 2021 is an online two-day design conference for high school students. The challenge? Design, in teams, a self-sustaining, eco-friendly, and habitable structure.


Collaborate with like-minded high-school students from around the world and interact with university professors and experts in the field. No prior knowledge needed. A true learning experience.


The reward? Your name, headshot and your team's ideas will be featured on our website. If your team is in the top five, you will be distinctly featured. You will receive a certificate of participation. If you are a winner, you will receive an additional winner's certificate. 


Additionally, after the 2-day Ecothon, if you are interested in continuing your association with us, you will have the opportunity to join the Ecothon founders’ design lab and work on your ideas in real life over the next 6 months with them and other chosen participants. If your team is one of the top five finalists, you will be automatically eligible to join and if not, you can still apply.


We aren't interested in your money. We want your energy, your ideas, and your passion.

First come first serve. Sign up now.





Eco-centric Housing


Design a self-sustaining, eco-friendly, and affordable structure for a family of 4-5 that uses, at least in part, recycled waste materials as building materials. Focus on a minimum of three key areas or functional elements of a shelter that utilize an ecological design concept. You may use a budget of 1500 USD.



  • You may decide to define a geographical setting in which your shelter will be built in case you wish to incorporate designs that may be best suited to a particular climate, context, or audience. An example of this is in the tropics or near the equator, so account for heat, storms, etc.

  • Examples of key areas/functional elements of a shelter include plumbing, lighting, structure, and insulation.

  • The purpose of giving a budget is to encourage you to think about costs when you plan out your designs. You will be marked strictly based on the rubric and not for sticking to this budget. You’ll notice under the “design” criterion in the rubric that accounting “for real-world constraints, especially affordability, scalability…” will fetch you more points. You may choose to exceed the budget, or stay within it. If you do choose to exceed it, make sure you give a justification. A rough but realistic estimate of cost is good enough. Use your best judgement.



Day One


Day two