FAQS

When? Where?

February 2-3, Duke’s West Campus. We will provide detailed directions to specific event locations to registered participants!

What if I can't attend the whole conference?

Blueprint’s keynote talks are available to the public, even if you can’t participate in the ideation conference! We’d love for you to join us to hear from our distinguished speakers starting at 5:30 PM on Friday 2/2. There’s no need to apply, but please like our event on Facebook so we can get an idea for how many people to expect!

Speakers, mentors, participants, volunteers, sponsors- how do all of these people fit into Blueprint?

Blueprint brings together people from many different perspectives with many different contributions, so it can get a little confusing! Here’s a breakdown of the main roles at the conference and how you can get involved with each one:

Participants are passionate graduate and undergraduate students who will learn from distinguished speakers and mentors to develop blueprints. To compete as a participant, apply here!

Mentors are professionals from any industry eager to share their experience and expertise with participants; they will advise and collaborate with participants through the ideation process. Register to be a mentor by clicking here.

Speakers are leading experts in fields relating to the specific conference theme and tracks. After giving their keynote speeches on Friday night, they will join the mentors to guide participants. Email us at contact@dukeblueprint.com if you are interested in speaking at Blueprint in the future!

Sponsors are forward-thinking organizations invested in a sustainable future who support and partner with Blueprint in developing win-win solutions. For more information on corporate participation, email us at sponsor@dukeblueprint.com!

Volunteers are students, community members, and professionals from the Duke community interested in helping facilitate the ideation process and logistics of the conference. Please apply here if you are interested in volunteering at Blueprint!

I don’t know anything about environmental science or conservation…

Good… You haven’t been corrupted by the knowledge of the status quo. New, unheard-of ideas from novel, interdisciplinary interactions are what we are looking for.

What is a blueprint?

A blueprint is anything you want it to be (app mock-up, CAD model, report, video) – as long as you can explain to the judges how it could be developed into a radically new solution to one of the tracks. More information on blueprint submissions will be provided to participants during the conference!

What if I don't have a team!?

Absolutely no worries! Team formation will take place Friday night- all participants sign up as individuals.

Anything I should remember to bring?

Your brain. Your radical ideas and perhaps a laptop, writing device.

I don't go to Duke, can I still come?

YES, and invite your friends too! We want to spread the conservation technology bug far and wide.

How do I get to Blueprint?

We have limited travel funding available for participants and mentors that need to travel to Duke for Blueprint. Stay tuned for more details!

What happens after Blueprint?

Duke students can further develop their blueprints with Duke Conservation Tech, the organization hosting Blueprint. We are also looking to support students at other universities set up similar programs to facilitate the development of their own projects! Reach out to us at contact@dukeblueprint.com if you would like any guidance or have specific questions.