|Title||USD Changemakers Compete to Solve Global Concerns|
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Social Innovation Challenge to Award $40,000 for Student Proposals
Promising University of San Diego student innovators and entrepreneurs will pitch their plans for transformative ideas to solve social, environmental and other problems here in the U.S. and across the globe at the third annual Social Innovation Challenge, a program of the Center for Peace and Commerce, on Tuesday, April 30. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
Ten finalists were selected from 114 innovative proposals including ones to conserve energy by giving consumers remote control over power usage in their homes and businesses; promote awareness and leadership skills to end school bullying; revolutionize the search for volunteer opportunities around the world; create an online platform to improve urban farming and improve the life of hearing-impaired individuals in East Africa.
Judges for this year’s competition comprise a panel of entrepreneurs, corporate and nonprofit leaders including Jenny Craig, founder of Jenny Craig, Inc.; Kapil Sharma, senior general manager in North America of Tata Sons Ltd., and Peg Ross of PCI.
The 114 proposals were more than double the number of last year’s 52 entries. “We’ve seen tremendous interest from our students in the competition,” said Steve Conroy, PhD, faculty director of USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce. “They are eager and excited to use the knowledge and skills from their USD education to come up with creative and cutting-edge solutions to the world’s problems.”
A total of $40,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners to make their vision a reality at a ceremony on Friday, May 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the theatre of the peace institute. The prize money includes $10,000 for the Verizon “Green Award” plus a $2,500 Qualcomm Labs “Live Audience Choice Award.” Finalists will receive further support from the Center of Peace and Commerce’s partnership with crowdfunding site Indiegogo and San Diego’s EvoNexus, Social Venture Partners and Connect Springboard.
The Awards Ceremony will be curated by Cheryl Goodman, senior director of marketing and business development, Qualcomm Labs. To attend the event, please RSVP. The ceremony will end with a networking reception in the institute’s Garden of the Sea.
The Social Innovation Challenge promotes, guides and supports student-driven ideas to launch or to contribute to existing social enterprises by for-profit, hybrid and nonprofit organizations, locally and abroad. The 10 finalists’ proposals are described below. All 114 projects can be viewed at http://sandiego.dellchallenge.org. Entries to USD’s challenge received by Jan. 28 of this year also were entered in Dell’s Social Innovation Challenge.
Lace Up Stand Up (LUSU)
Safe Parking Program
Deaf for African Development
Human Powered Health Project
Project Light Bulb