A 24 hour think-tank where teams of students work to improve campus environmental efficiency.

Bring your energy, skills, and drive

At the beginning of your deiSic journey, we will all work together to ideate, or create new ideas. By mid-day, cross-disciplinary teams of students will gather around one idea and pursue expanding it into a plan for a project.

After 24-hours of ideation, designing, and planning, projects will be pitched to our panel of judges. The winning teams will submit their projects to the Brandeis Sustainability Fund (BSF) in the hopes of implementing their plan, giving students the chance to make a tangible impact on campus.

What should I bring?

An open mind, friends, and a computer! Toothbrush, toothpaste, sleeping bag, change of clothes recommended for staying overnight.

What to expect

New people, mentorship from experienced students and staff, food! Take a look at the schedule for activities, and be prepared to have fun!

How does the pitch work?

5 minutes to pitch your project.
5-10 minutes for Q&A.
Pitches will run for 2 hours on Monday morning, from 11:00AM - 1PM.

What happens when I win?

The winning team(s) will receive a prize, and are encouraged to submit a proposal to the BSF - you will have a good chance of getting your project funded!

Do I have to stay up for 24 hours?

We booked the SCC for 24 hours so that you can work as long as you want. You're welcome bring a sleeping bag and a pillow, or return home for a few hours rest in the night to get some rest.

Do I need a team to register?

We ask that everybody register as an individual. Teams will be formed during the ideation session. We recommend between 3-5 people on a team.

Do I need to come with a team in mind?

Please reach out to your friends about deiSic! Teams are welcome to come pre-formed, but everybody will be free to build their teams during the ideation session.

Can I come with a prepared idea?

We encourage you to come up with an idea of your own before deiSic, so when you brainstorm ideas with other students you might come up with an even better idea!


Peter M. Giumette
Senior Advisor to the President Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Daniel Feldman
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research

Tessa Venell '07
Research Administrator, Office of the Provost

Sophie Frejie
Class of 2017, Neuroscience and Biology major, Environmental Studies minor.

Judy Herzfeld
Professor of Biophysical Chemistry

Sabine von Mering
Professor of German and Women's Studies


Mary Fischer
Research Administrator, Office of the Provost

Sophie Frejie
Class of 2017, Neuroscience and Biology major, Environmental Studies minor.

Mary Fischer
Manager of Sustainability Programs

Sabine von Mering
Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Director of the Center for German and European Studies


BSF requirements/Rules: Download the BSF evaluation rubric here

The theme of deiSic this year focuses on improving our carbon footprint. We recommend that ideas stick within these areas:

  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Renewable energy
  • Waste minimization
  • Pollution reduction
  • Transportation
  • Landscape and grounds
  • Evaluation criteria

  • Environmental Impact: in reference to the areas indicated above.
  • Community Impact: impact upon the larger Brandeis community
  • Operational Impact: effect upon day-to-day operations of the University, including emphasis on innovation.
  • Cost-benefit analysis: potential financial risk, cost assumptions
  • Technical viability: feasibility, demand for resources, demand for manpower/workers

  • Notes on Eligibility

    All students must be full or part-time Brandeis University undergraduate students in order to take part in deiSic.

    No chartered or secured club or organization, or Student Union special projects receiving funding from the Student Union may apply for funding of an existing club/organization initiative or project. The reasoning behind this is that chartered and secured clubs receive their funding from the Finance Board Allocations Fund, as outlined in the Brandeis Student Union Constitution Article VI Section 2, and are therefore not eligible to receive funding for their organization’s projects from the BSF. Clubs can give support to BSF Projects. In short, work on a new idea.

    See the BSF website for further information about the BSF application process.