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Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Hub’s Innovation Challenge is an ideation competition where students or student groups compete to solve real-world problems. The goal of this program is to foster real-life, innovative solutions to specific challenges facing our communities. During the challenge, students or student groups will work as a team to develop an innovative approach, product, service, or program and present their ideas to be judged by a panel of innovative and entrepreneurial experts. The submission is an executive summary document that outlines the problem, solution, and implementation procedures you or your team are addressing (see competition guidelines for submission structure). The Innovation Hub’s Innovation Challenge will award a winning student group and runners up with cash prizes. 

What's the purpose?

Compete to solve real-world problems & develop an innovative approach, product, service, or program to present

Who can participate?

Any CSUSM student from any field may participate, individually or in groups

Win Prizes!

Winners of the challenge will receive a cash prize. 1st place - $500, 2nd and 3rd place - $250 each.


Fall 2023 Submissions are Open!


The Fall 2023 Innovation Challenge invites students or student groups to propose innovative solutions in the arena of accessibility. 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 accessibility may include:
  • Awareness, Access & Advocacy
  • Equity & Diverse Identities
  • Public Policy & Perception
  • Reducing & Mitigating Risk Factors
  • Social Innovation & Structural Reform
  • Technological Resources

Submissions are due: November 13, 2023 at 11:59pm

Learn More and Submit Your Proposal!

Meet the Spring 2023 Winners

Augmented Reality



Briana Thallmayer, David Boudreaux, and Kelton Argraves won first place in last Innovation Challenge (Spring 2023) for their innovative approach with connecting augmented reality to mental health among students. 

Learn more about Thallmayer, her colleagues, and the other winners.

Please visit our Spring 2023 Innovation Challange webpage to learn more.

Visit Fall 2023 to learn more about the upcoming challenge.
Please review the Competition Guide.