Submission Examples

Round 1 of the Global Social Innovation Challenge requires students to apprentice with the problem that they are trying to solve and map the issue prior to proposing a solution. 1,2

Round 1

Below are four examples of students mapping their chosen issue. Click below to see the infographics they submitted. 

USD students Mei Li Hey and Harrison Schmachtenberger decided to understand how landmine survivors are limited from using a pit-latrine independently and the associated marginalization that often ensues. Their study of the problem won second place in the Oxford Global Challenge 2017.

USD students Andrea Calderón and Kait Dugan and Michael Lettieri from the Trans-border Institute based their project on feminicides (defined as the killing of a woman for reasons related to her gender) in the context of Mexico. This issue impacts not only the victims and their famlies, but society as a whole. 
USD students Patricio Keegan and Shannon Winchell based their research on Human trafficking in the U.S.-Mexico border. This issue presents a distinctive set of challenges, and the policy responses necessary to counteract the human trade have been slow to emerge.
USD students Erika M Caampued, Lauren Hoffman and Surabhi Mohta focused understanding why 1.2 billion people worldwide live without access to electricit, how this lack of of electricity causes a lost economic opportunity and costs to health, quality of life and the environment. 

1 The term "apprenticing with a problem" comes from Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Executive Director of the Peery Foundation, who teaches a course with Todd Manwaring at Brigham Young University. They encourage their students to apprentice with a problem as they pursue their social change goals (
2 “Mapping the issue” as a first step for social entrepreneurship began as part of the “Oxford Global Challenge” hosted by the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford (