Friday, September 9, 2016

Students encouraged to participate in upcoming Scripps Innovation Challenge

Once again, Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C) students are encouraged to participate in the Scripps Innovation Challenge. The fifth year of the Challenge, which has emerged as one of the nation’s premier student innovation contests, offers a substantial prize pot totaling $18,000. Most importantly, the Scripps Innovation Challenge provides an invaluable learning experience that builds resumes and helps students land jobs.

Run by the Scripps College of Communication, the competition is open to all Ohio University students, regardless of major. In its first four years, three non-Scripps teams have won the first prize and other interdisciplinary teams have won prize money.

Participation in the Scripps Innovation Challenge is relevantly simple. Students are charged with imagining the most innovative solution to real world media and communication problems. Typically working in teams, students choose from a range of “challenges” and produce a creative solution. Entries are due on the last day of class for fall semester.

Ten teams will win $500 and have a chance to become one of four finalists. These four finalists present their ideas on “Pitch Day” next March before a panel of industry professionals. The format is similar to the popular “Shark Tank” television show.

This year there is a $7,000 first prize, $2,500 second prize and two $1,000 awards of honorable mentions. Teams can win or share an additional $1,500 diversity enhancement prize for ideas that address underserved and underrepresented audiences.

Several challenges come with specific incentives. For example, this year the National Resources Defense Council will fund three students on the team that best answers their challenge to travel to NYC or Washington DC and present to their board.

Students who are interested in participating are encouraged to attend the Scripps Innovation Challenge Kickoff on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 5:30pm in Schoonover Center on the Athens campus. This free event, featuring food, music, and door prizes, will educate participants on everything they need to know about the contest.

For more information please visit, www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/innovationchallenge. For questions, students or faculty can contact Challenge Director, Andy Alexander, at alexanda@ohio.edu or Jean Marie Cackowski-Campbell, Executive Coordinator at cackowsk@ohio.edu.

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