2016 USD Social Innovation Challenge Awards

In 2016, the Social Innovation Challenge awarded $51,000 to nine outstanding projects.

Nine student winners were awarded $51,000 at the Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2016. The 2016 SIC had participants from University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos, and University of California, San Diego. From a total of 100 teams, 63 advanced to the semi-finals, and 15 finalists were chosen to compete with a live pitch in front of a diverse group of judges. 

The SIC final judges were represented by:

Odesma Dalrymple, PhD, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, USD
Fredrick Benneh Frimpong, Co-Founder, The Godfreds Foundation, 2015 SIC Winner
Kyle Moss, Government Affairs Program Manager and Head of Global Entrepreneurship, Qualcomm Ventures
Peg Ross, Vice President, Global Human Resources & Organization Development, PCI Global
Dustin Sharp, Assistant Professor, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, USD
Steve Palijeg, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Portfolia
Peter Zahn, President and Director, Moxie Foundation

Additionally, all finalists received the opportunity to crowd fund on our partner Indiegogo page. Winners were given the opportunity to apply to Connect's Springboard and free consulting from Mission Edge.

Soulr Logo

SOULR, Tyler Norris, Undergraduate Student, John Moran, Aidan Meehan (Prize Money: $10,000)

Soulr is a solar powered mobile food cart that inspires and empowers students to initiate positive social change on all levels of the campus community.

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Foothold Foundation, Jessica Kort, Graduate Student (Prize Money: $10,000, General Prize and Women Innovators)

Foothold Foundation creates strategic collaboration and resource sharing for social change. Foothold Fellows support collaborative solutions to complex issues.

Iron Heart Canines for Heroes Logo

Iron Heart Canines for Heroes, Coletta O'Donell Boone, Beth Jones (Prize Money: $10,000, General Prize and Women Innovators)

Iron Heart Canines for Heroes aims to reduce suicide by providing service canines to veterans and first responders with PTSD and TBI in San Diego County.

Social Kitchen Logo

Social Kitchen, Grace Bagunu, Joseph French, Keryna Johnson (Prize Money: $,5000, General Prize and Women Innovators)

Social Kitchen is a business incubator inspiring and supporting youth and adult entrepreneurs towards social innovation in urban communities.

Amigoes Logo

Amigoes, Brook Santangelo, Kelly Anderson, Charlotte Vitak (Prize Money: $2,000, Mobile Tech Prize)

Amigoes is a mobile rideshare app to unify our campus community around being mindful of the impact we have on our environment through our daily activities.

2016 External San Diego Track Winners

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TUTUROOMII, Wei Fan, Guo Li, Alisa Au (Prize Money: $10,000, Moxie Prize and Mobile Tech Prize)

TUTUROOMII is a mobile app that helps LGBTQ+ people and allies find idea roommates and aims to reduce the experience of discrimination. 

Havel Logo

HAVEL, Dennis Donchev, Sanhitha Sanugula (Prize Money: $5,000, Moxie Prize)

HAVEL offers a portable bed that converts into a functional backpack to improve the quality of life for people suffering from horrible sleeping conditions in the world.

2016 Baja San Diego Track Winners

Loti Logo

LOTI, Stephanie Gonzalez, Alexid Madrid (Prize Money: $500)

LOTI is a game that provides and easy and fast way to promote cognitive stimulation to children ages 6-12.


Greenest Logo

GREENEST, Emma Martinez, Francisco Olea, Claudio Gonzalez, Javier Rizzo, Antonio de Luna (Prize Money: $500)

GREENEST is an innovative mobile app that encourages recycling by providing information and setting goals, in a social experience.


2016 Awards Ceremony

2016 SIC's Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, April 29th, 2016 in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
The opportunity to meet finalists in the Rotunda started at 4:00 p.m. followed at 4:30 p.m with the Awards Ceremony Program of Finalists Pitches, $51,000 Awards, and the $1,000 Qualcomm Ventures Live Audience Choice Award in the Theatre. The ceremony was followed by a Networking Reception in USD's Garden of the Sea.

The event was curated by Karen Henken, Founder & CEO of Henken & Associates. 

Following 1.5 minute pitches from each finalist, Qualcomm Ventures sponsored a Live Audience Choice Award.The awards presentation was followed by networking with our community of supporters including representatives from Connect,Mission Edge, and San Diego Social Venture Partners as well as our judges, mentors, Executive Advisory Board members, and SIC participants.