The competition challenges teams, divided into companies, to provide a response to a ‘Request for Proposal.’ Typically, the RFP calls for the design of a settlement in our solar system.
Each challenge varies, depending on the requirements of the RFP. The settlement could be on a planetary surface or cycling a planetary body. In addition, it might be designed for a specific purpose such as mining, environmental or medical research. Furthermore, its population could include families, scientists, doctors, engineers or any combination of these.
With this in mind, the structure of the company will be distinct, depending on the requirements. This is an industry simulation so the company will likely need multiple departments skilled in different areas. These departments all work in their separate areas and come together as a team to produce their RFP.
As in industry, each company presents their design at the end of the challenge. Again, as in industry, judges will choose the winning company on the merits of their proposal and on how well that proposal meets the requirements.