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Nov. 25-Dec. 4: Vote Online for 2019 Changemaker Challenge Finalists' Videos

Nov. 25-Dec. 4: Vote Online for 2019 Changemaker Challenge Finalists' Videos

Ten consecutive days of voting begins Monday, Nov. 25 for eight finalist videos emerging from nearly 80 video entries featuring more than 200 student participants in the 2019 Changemaker Challenge.

The goal of the Changemaker Challenge is for students to learn about an important social issue and to consider ways to address it. Based on the opinions of judges who looked at each entry submitted, the eight finalists, whose videos range between two and three minutes each, were chosen because they best exemplified this year’s theme of “Homelessness, Displacement and Migration.” 

The eight finalists can receive votes between Nov. 25 and Dec. 4 from anyone among the campus community and beyond. The number of votes will determine the percentage of how much they’ll receive from a $6,000 prize money pool.

To access the video finalists and to vote through Wednesday, Dec. 4, be sure to “Like” the USD Changemaker Hub Facebook page and click on the “Challenge 2019” tab to go to the video page.

The 2019 finalist teams are: AI in the Integration Process; USDDACA App; HOMEE APP; Excess Food Distribution; SNAPS and Sandwiches; Telling their Stories; Homeless Connect Project; and, The Blink Project: Housing for San Diegans. Once voting has begun, a tally count will appear on the lower black bar to show who has earned the most votes.

The bulk of the 79 entries for the Changemaker Challenge came from first-year students (206 of 218 entrants). Eleven USD professors, including some specifically teaching classes among the Living-Learning Community students, embedded the Challenge into their course. Those classes were in environmental sciences, biology, sociology, English, Italian, electrical engineering, communication studies, changemaking, and economics.

Chosen by the theme topic, 64 videos focused on the issue of homelessness, nine dealt with migration and six were about displacement. Seventy-two of the 79 entries were from course-related projects and had more than one person in a group. Seven entries were by individuals.

Once voting is complete on Dec. 4, a finalists’ RSVP-only awards luncheon will take place on Dec. 5 in the Changemaker Hub office located in Student Life Pavilion room 320. Also, following the announcement of the top vote-getters and money is distributed, the Changemaker Hub pledges to continue working with the students on their projects.

Learn more about the USD Changemaker Hub and Changemaker Challenge fall semester lead-in programming.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

The 2019 Changemaker Challenge has eight finalists vying for prize money pool of $6,000 based on the number of votes they'll receive for their video idea. Voting takes place Nov. 25-Dec. 4.The 2019 Changemaker Challenge has eight finalists vying for prize money pool of $6,000 based on the number of votes they'll receive for their video idea. Voting takes place Nov. 25-Dec. 4.

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