AGILITY Innovation Zone Design Competition

Submissions for the AGILITY Innovation Zone Design Competition are now closed.

The University of Lethbridge AGILITY program is launching an AGILITY Innovation Zone Design Competition to create a vibrant and unique place for students to gather and work on early-stage projects. AGILITY is inviting undergraduate and graduate students to submit a design for room M2039 in Markin Hall. The winning design will be used to reinvent this room.

The space will be a designated place for students to work on their projects, meet with potential collaborators, clients, investors and mentors, and should feel like a professional environment rather than a generic bookable space. AGILITY wants the space to be exclusive to groups that have applied or are working on a sponsored project, and it will be a card accessed room.

The winner(s) will:

  • Receive a $500 cash prize
  • Be recognized on a name plaque to be displayed in the innovation zone


An Innovation Zone is an open concept workspace where student innovators can gather to create, invent, explore and discover. It’s a development environment where you can share resources, build on knowledge, work on projects, and network with mentors to create outcomes that may provide social, cultural or economic value. It is an incubator where ideas become reality.

For more information on the competition, including room M2039 floor plan and submission form, please see the AGILITY Zone design competition guidelines.


Please view the links below for examples of existing innovation zones, incubators and makerspaces.


The intention of the competition is to challenge students to design the layout and appearance of a room that will become an innovation zone and will enhance everyday functions as a creative meeting and/or work space for students. Please note: There is no need to list or specify equipment or tools to be included in the innovation zone, but suggestions for furnishings, color schemes, fabrics, etc., are encouraged.

Constraints of the competition are the dimensions, orientation and existing permanent structures within the physical space of M2039. Applicants are encouraged to encompass themes of Agriculture, Agri-business and Small & Family Business.

Some of the multi-layered elements that participants should also take into consideration include:

  • adaptability
  • efficiency of space and usage
  • student value


  • All U of L students are invited to participate in the design competition. Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.
  • Participation in the AGILITY Innovation Zone Design Competition is free.
  • Submissions are welcome from individuals or teams of up to five people.
  • Only one single project can be submitted by any one individual/team.
  • Individuals cannot participate in more than one team.
  • Copyright and intellectual rights of the submissions remain with the original authors. Successful participants in the AGILITY Innovation Zone Design Competition agree to allow the University of Lethbridge AGILITY program to display images and a text description of their work on the AGILITY program’s website at; and use an image of their work in promotional material for future AGILITY competitions.


  • March 30, 2016 – Submission deadline
  • April 13, 2016 – Winner announced



Submissions must be submitted digitally to by March 30, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. A brief video between one (1) and two (2) minutes maximum may be included (but not required) as part of the submission describing the most important concepts of the design.

Each submission must include the following:

  1. Project/Contact Info (submission form)
    1. Participant name(s)
    2. Project title
    3. 500 to 1,000 word project description outlining why your concept demonstrates Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Small & Family Business themes, encourages multidisciplinary collaboration, and explains how the space will be used by students.
    4. Optional: brief video description covering important design concepts.
  2. (1) 22”x45” digital presentation board in PDF format containing:
    1. Dimensional floor plan drawn to scale
    2. Additional drawings of the space
    3. Additional elements to convey the overall concept including, but not limited to furniture and fixture specifications, color palettes, wall sections, electrical plans, additional renderings, etc.
    4. File name: ADC_ ProjectTitle_year_board (ex: ADC_AGILITYDesign_2016_board.pdf)
    5. Individual JPEG digital submissions of the required drawings/ renderings outlined above saved as:
    6. JPEG format
    7. RGB color mode
    8. Maximum size of 1MB per image
    9. All file names should be numbered in the order in which they should be viewed (e.g. “1 of 4”, “2 of 4” etc);
    10. File name: ADC_ProjectTitle_year_number (ex: ADC_AGILITYDesign_2016_1of5.jpg)
    11. Document dimensions: not to exceed 11”x17”

Each eligible submission will be given a score by the judges. The team associated with the top submission based on total score will be selected as the winning team.


By entering the competition and submitting a submission, each participant grants to the AGILITY program, in perpetuity, a non-exclusive license to publish, display, or reproduce his/her submission, in whole or in part, for any reason.


The AGILITY program may choose to display certain submissions on the AGILITY website once submitted. The fact that a submission has (or has not) been displayed on the website will NOT impact the winner selection process.


A panel of judges appointed by the AGILITY program will judge all eligible submissions submitted on the basis of the following criteria:


Do the Design Panels clearly demonstrate the project’s response to the following requirements:

  • Demonstrates a creative use of passive design strategies
    • Is it feasible?
    • Is it durable?
  • Demonstrates a creative use of themes, furniture, and layout.
  • A mature awareness and innovative approach to bridging student needs, and the definition of an innovation zone; and
  • Integration of the functional aspects of the room and Agriculture, Agribusiness and Small & Family Business themes


For questions or more information contact Reed Pisony, AGILITY Program Coordinator, at