"blueprint" to blueprint

We’re so excited to see you at Blueprint! Here’s a guide of everything you need to know for this weekend — if you have any questions, shoot us an email at dukeblueprint@gmail.com.
We’ll get back to you ASAP and add that info to this guide to help everyone else.

to do asap

confirm your registration

if you have been accepted and haven’t done so already, confirm that you can come to the event. This will help the Blueprint team immensely when it comes to planning the numbers for the event. To confirm your registration, find an email from dukeblueprint@gmail.com titled Blueprint Application Decision. Click into this email and click the link to confirm your spot.

If you’re on the waiting list

you can still come to see the speakers and network with mentors during dinner! By the end of dinner, we will let you know if spots have opened up, in which case you will be able to participate.

join the dukeblueprint2018 slack

sign up here. This is super important, as it’ll be the primary channel for communication and collaboration during the event. Important notices such as workshops, food, etc. will be relayed through Slack, so be sure to sign up.

ps if you don’t have slack, it’s an easy download away!

RSVP on Facebook

let other people know you are attending this event by saying you’re going here!

also, join the Duke Blueprint Confirmed Attendees group here!


what to bring

  • phone charger
  • computer and accessories
  • casual clothing (the entire event will be casual attire)
  • toothpaste/toothbrush
  • refillable water bottle!!!!

venue locations:

Trent Semans Great Hall (Friday 4:30-8:00): Directions

Bostock Library the Edge (Friday 8:00- Saturday 7:00 pm): Directions


from 4:30-8:00 pm on Friday, check in will be conducted at the Trent Semans Great Hall. After 8:00, check-in will continue in the Edge.


a more detailed schedule will be released the weekend of Blueprint, but here are some key events:

Friday, February 2th:

  • 4:30-5:30pm: Student Check-in
  • 5:30-7:00pm: Keynote Speakers
  • 8:00-9:00pm: Team Formation & Dinner
  • 9:00pm: Commence Project Building!!!

Saturday, February 3rd:

  • 9:00-10:00am: Breakfast
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch & Speech
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Project Expo
  • 5:30-6:30pm: Top teams present
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Closing ceremony     

blueprint overview


on Friday night, we have an incredible lineup of speakers, descriptions can be found here. Each speaker will describe their experience in their respective field, challenges they have faced, and possible solutions to explore using emerging technologies. These speeches are intended for your inspiration for the project-building component of Blueprint.


there will be 30+ mentors at the event to assist you, all coming from incredibly diverse backgrounds (mentors can be found here). They will be floating around during the ideation session, eager to analyze your current project and offer suggestions. Feel free to reach out to them in Slack.

team formation

to build the most impactful project, it’s optimal to have a diverse range of perspectives and academic backgrounds, so we will help guide team formation come Friday night. That being said, if you really want to work with a particular group, we’re happy to accommodate!


following the speakers, you will form teams and build projects to solve the problems presented by the different tracks (here). You will receive more instructions at the event.


on Saturday morning, workshops will be held to supplement your project-building experience. You will be able to find a more detailed schedule of workshops during the weekend of Blueprint, but the general layout will consist of interactive experiences with emerging technologies and learning about how they can be applied to sustainability.


can’t wait to see you all there!