PEID 2018 Outcomes

Diversity in Disciplines.


Representation of Institutions.

  • Amherst College

  • Harvard School of Public Health

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Lake Forest College

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Princeton University

  • Rutgers University

  • University of North Carolina Charlotte

  • Yale University

    and more.


“I gained connections and lasting memories with creative and innovative people from all around the world, expanded and flexed my own creative thoughts and collaborated on a project that myself and other can use as a start-up platform. I also gained connections to mentors who were very helpful!” – Grant

“The experience taught me a lot of working in a team and applying my knowledge to real world issues. Seeing the other teams presentations gave me a lot of insight of how other students are approaching these important issues.” - Glenn

“I really learned how to work in a group with which I was not totally compatible with to the best of my abilities. The lessons I learned of how to work with others in a time crunched environment will be invaluable down the road.” – Shivarth

“This was the first time I worked with a team on a project starting from scratch through the whole brainstorming, research, designing, prototype, and presentation process. I gave the project my all and it was two of the most stressful days of my life but I was so proud of what we had accomplished in the end. I was mind-blown by the creativity of the guest speakers and mentors who inspired our team so much.” - Peter

“Well-organized, great experience, excellent teamwork” – Aaron

Meet our 2018 speakers! 

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Doris Kim Sung

Founder, DOSU Architects

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, LA

"Architecture Unplugged"

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa

Design Principal, e(eiroa) Architects 

Associate Professor, The Cooper Union, NY

"Rezoning New York City Through Big Data" 

Ashley Dawson

Author of Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change

Professor, CUNY, NY

Meet the mentors!

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Jeremy Zullow

High Meadows Fellow

Data Analyst at Climate Central

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Sheila Pontis

Lecturer, electrical engineering

Member, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering and education

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Aaron Kurosu

Graduate student in psychology at princeton university

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Victor Charpentier

Graduate student of civil and environmental engineering at princeton university

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Claire White

Assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University

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Forrest Meggers

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Affiliated faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director CHAOS Lab Research Group

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Paula Kahumbu

Kenyan wildlife conservationist

CEO of wildlife direct

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Lauren Bender

Manager of the alumni entrepreneurs fund at Princeton University

Thank you to all our 2018 sponsors!


Friday April 13th to Sunday April 15th

Bringing together students and innovators from a broad range of backgrounds to begin solving our most pressing environmental issues.


Water, food, waste, energy, infrastructure, health, education, and politics

Theme of 2018's PEI:

"Cities of the Tomorrow"


Guyot Hall, Princeton University

Rezoning New York City through Big Data - Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa's anticipated talk

Rezoning New York City through Big Data - Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa's anticipated talk


Before the event

  • Apply! Decisions will be sent out starting March 10th. 
  • Check out our Facebook page. We will post important information and inspirational stories. 

Friday, April 13


3:00 - 6:00 PM    Check-in at FRIST CAMPUS CENTER

6:00 - 6:30 PM    CHECK IN AT GUYOT HALL + Networking

6:30 - 7:00 PM    Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 PM    Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Doris Kim Sung

8:30 - 9:00 PM   Team Formation and ideating with mentors


10:00 - 10:30 pm  host pickup  

Saturday, April 14

9:00 - 10:00 AM    Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 PM   Guided Brainstorming

12:00 - 12:30 PM    Lunch

12:30 - 1:00 pm      talk by ashley dawson 

1:00 - 6:00 PM       Research + Ideating; Mentors' Expert                                              Workshops

6:00 - 7:00 PM     Dinner

7:00 - 12:00 AM         Designing + Prototyping + Preparing the                                        Product

Sunday, April 15

9:00 - 10:00 AM    Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 PM   Pitching + Judging 

12:00 - 12:30 PM   Prize Presentations

12:30 - 2:00 PM     Lunch with Talk by pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa

2:00 - 3:00 PM     Prize Presentations

"The Ideathon is a Princeton initiative to bring students of different backgrounds to collaborate and create innovative and ambitious project to resolve the environmental challenges of tomorrow."


The Princeton Environmental Ideathon is an all-expenses paid, application-based program running from April 13-15, 2018. This event will allow students and professionals from the East Coast to come together and develop practical sustainable solutions facing urban settings today. The goal of the Ideathon is to allow students to explore creativity, learn more about environmental problems and solutions, and network with leaders in the field.

Join us for this inaugural event!

The Daniel Stokols Book prize 

Renowned multidisciplinary expert Daniel Stokols has generously donated his book as prizes for the Ideathon: Social Ecology in the Digital Age. 



Get Involved

Participate in the Inaugural Princeton Environmental Ideathon

Seeking participants, volunteers, and sponsorship!



Sign-ups are open! Welcome to all majors, backgrounds, and current university undergraduate/Master's students.

Volunteer opportunities

Princeton students: Interested in planning or helping on the weekend of the event? Reach out to Chris Shin (


We are seeking sponsorship and company representation at the event career fair. Email for more information.