Igniting Innovation: The Solar Decathlon African Design Challenge 2024

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Enrollments are currently being accepted for the 2024 Solar Decathlon Africa Design Challenge. Attention all African visionaries! Are you deeply committed to design, sustainability, and addressing real-world issues? The Solar Decathlon Africa Design Challenge offers you a platform to exhibit your skills, collaborate with peers who share your passion, and contribute to shaping Africa’s future built environment.

  • Engage in Competition: Collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to craft innovative, net-zero building designs tailored to Africa’s specific requirements, including climate resilience, affordability, and community well-being.
  • Acquire Knowledge: Explore advanced building science principles through expert mentorship and online resources. Acquire expertise in architecture, engineering, and related fields.
  • Expand Your Network: Forge enduring relationships with industry experts, faculty mentors, and fellow participants from across Africa and beyond.
  • Contribute Meaningfully: Partner with local stakeholders to devise solutions for actual building projects, making a tangible impact.
  • Global Recognition: Garner international visibility and earn accolades on a prestigious platform, becoming part of the esteemed Solar Decathlon alumni community.
  • Prepare for Career Success: Develop skills that are highly sought after in the industry, secure internship opportunities, and position yourself as a leader in the sustainable building movement.


  • For Students: Obtain hands-on experience relevant to the industry, vie for internship placements, and distinguish yourself to prospective employers.
  • For Faculty: Enrich your teaching curriculum, establish connections with other faculty members, and equip students for a sustainable future.
  • For Project Partners: Access groundbreaking solutions, collaborate with talented student teams, and gain exposure through media coverage.
  • For Industry Partners: Encourage innovation, recruit top-tier talent, and stay informed about state-of-the-art building technologies.


  • Registration Deadline: February 29, 2024
  • Project Submission Deadline: March 18, 2024
  • Virtual Semifinals: April 17, 2024
  • In-Person Finals: June 6, 2024 (BenGuerir, Morocco)

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Application Deadline: February 29, 2024

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