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Social Innovation Challenge

Fall 2024: Check back for updates!


The Fall 2024 Social Innovation Challenge invites students or student groups to propose innovative solutions in the arena of [TBD]. A student perspective is imperative in the pursuit of ideas that are sustainable, innovative, grounded, and relevant in a rapidly changing world.

We are seeking practical applications, new regulations, changes to culture and societal attitudes, or changes to resources and technology that are solution oriented. Some areas of focus relating to reimagining higher education may include:

        • Awareness, Access & Advocacy
        • Equity & Diverse Identities
        • Public Policy & Perception
        • Reducing & Mitigating Risk Factors
        • Social Innovation & Structural Reform
        • Technological Resources


What You''ll Work Towards

  • First Prize Winner (individual or team) will be awarded $1000
  • Second and Third runner ups (individual or team) will be awarded $500
  • Resume-building and networking

How You'll Do It

  • Any CSUSM student or group of students are welcome to participate.
  • Attend the kickoff event on Thursday, 2/22 to hear guest speaker, (insert name), inspire and help cultivate your ideas; held at the Innovation Hub from 12pm-1pm
  • Complete a 1-4-page executive summary describing your innovative contributions towards accessibility.
  • While regional and local solutions are encouraged, global solutions are welcome.
  • Submissions are due: TBD
  • Finalists will prepare a 3-minute presentation for final judging being held at the Innovation Hub from 4pm-5:30pm.
  • Official Competition Guidelines 

Your submission will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Articulates the innovation: Showcases innovation in addressing the problem and is clearly articulated.
  • Realistic and feasible: Demonstrates that the idea is practical and implementable.  
  • Broad impact: Describes the beneficiaries of the idea and how they will benefit, including specific communities that might benefit the most.

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