Teams from Wharton, Engineering, and Design will work together to come up with innovative solutions to improve the airport security process at Philadelphia International Airport. The Challenge is sponsored by Arc Aspicio, a strategy consultancy in Washington, DC specializing in homeland security and transportation security. Students  will be doing primary research at PHL and will have the opportunity to interview aviation security experts. Additionally, the design consultancy Made By Many will be leading two workshops during the challenge to help guide teams through the design thinking process


Apply HERE  by Friday, 1/20 at 5 PM.

You’ll be notified by January 22nd if you have been accepted. You'll be placed on a multidisciplinary team with students from Wharton, Engineering, Design and beyond!


Wednesday, 1/18 12PM: Information Session, JMHH G55

Friday, 1/20 5PM: Deadline to Apply

Friday, 1/27, 12-6PM: Kickoff & Workshop 1 with Arc Aspicio, PHL, and Mady By Many

1/30 - 2/8, TBD: Research Safaris at PHL (for user research)

Friday, 2/10, 12-6PM: Workshop 2 with Made By Many

Friday, 2/24,  3-7PM: Finale with Arc Aspicio

Our Partners



The people at Arc Aspicio are experts in the field of homeland security. A consulting firm based out of Washington, DC, Arc Aspicio uses design thinking to serve clients in the realm of transportation security and beyond.




Made By Many is a consulting firm based in London, UK. They specialize in bridging the gap between product innovation, human centered design, software engineering, and business change. 

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We are excited to have executives from both Philadelphia International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration assisting with this year's challenge. Participants will have access to experts at both organizations for primary research at the airport.