Established in 2020, MetroLab Network’s Student Cup Competition recognizes, amplifies, and supports impactful collaboration. A prize is awarded to students from MetroLab’s member universities/colleges working in partnership with government and/or community collaborators on civic technology, data, and innovation projects.
Applications are now closed. 

Prizes for outstanding student projects at MetroLab Network member universities/colleges

Live pitch competition with expert reviewers from cities, civic organizations, and academia

Opportunity to publicize projects and be featured in a MetroLab Innovation of the Month article


February 3, 2022

Application + Call for Judges Open

March 25, 2022

Application Closes

March 28 – April 1, 2022

Application Evaluation Period

April 4, 2022

Finalists are Notified

April 19 – 22, 2022

Online Semi-Finals

June 3, 2022

Student Cup Final

[Finalists will receive a $500 travel stipend 

for a team representative to attend the MetroLab 

Summit. The Summit will include a student session, featuring the Student Cup]


What Types of Projects are Eligible?

1. We are looking for projects that provide new analysis, policy, or technical insights to civic challenges.

2. Civic challenges include improving government, community services, social services; creating new mobility options; rethinking urban spaces; improving
public health, and more.

3. Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate that research responded to a community-identified issue,

4. We will prioritize projects done in partnership with a civic partner (i.e. a
state or local government or agency, a regional or neighborhood civic
association, or a non-profit focused on community engagement or service delivery).

5. We will prioritize projects that have produced or will have measurable
impact for the community.

Learn about Past Competitor's and find Resources to Get Started