The Icograda Education Manifesto advocates that design education must be a learning-centred environment that enables students to develop their potential in and beyond academic programs. To support this vision, Icograda promotes unique opportunities addressing global challenges where designers can affect positive change – projects that demonstrate what it means to lead creatively. The first Aspen Design Challenge – Designing Water's Future is one such opportunity.
The Aspen Design Challenge is a call to students, worldwide, to use their creative talent and strategic design skills to address a crucial global problem. The Challenge is issued as part of the Aspen Design Summit, an international conference held in Aspen, Colorado. The Summit brings together leaders from business, the public sector and non-profit organisations; experts working with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals; and individuals and agencies from the developing world.