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Amitkumar (Amit) Kakkad, Director at the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC), is taking changemaking to the next level.  Through its Global Social Innovation Challenge, CPC resources, recognizes, and rewards students from around the world who attempt to come up with a potential solutions for a global, societal or environmental challenge. 

The Joint effort of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, the San Diego Diplomacy Council, USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce and USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences, has resulted in the arrival of more than 20 fellow students from countries all over the world on USD's campus

This summer, 25 young scholars coming from Kosovo, Argentina, Ethiopia and from about 15 countries more have gathered on University of San Diego campus with the main goal of learning from each other and become better equipped to understand and tackle challenges faced in the world.

Students from the University of San Diego Mei-Li Hey and Harrison Schmachtenberger won the Second Place at the Oxford Global Challenge 2017, held at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Their research focused on landmine survivors and disabled individuals in Uganda and their inability to use a pit-latrine.

The students Mei-Li Hey and Harrison Schmachtenberger from the University of San Diego got the second prize at the final of The Global Challenge 2017 organized by the University of Oxford. The team will be awarded the prize of £2,000 and tickets to Emerge 2017.

The Social Innovation Challenge's seventh annual awards ceremony on May 5 provided a tangible look at the impact that college students from the University of San Diego, neighboring San Diego college institutions and bi-national universities can deliver.

Estudiantes hispanos participaron en el séptimo Reto anual de Innovación Social organizado por la Universidad de San Diego en California, demostrando una vez más que el compromiso con la innovación social no tiene fronteras.

Hispanic students participated in the seventh annual Social Innovation Challenge organized by the University of San Diego in California, proving once again that the commitment to social innovation has no borders.

This year, USD participated alongside 23 universities across continents in the Global Challenge hosted by Oxford University. The Global Challenge asks students to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.

For the past few years, a large number of students, faculty and staff at the University of San Diego have been fervently working on a single goal: creating the ultimate culture of innovation.

A 2015 USD alumnus with a dual (BS/BA) degree in Mechanical Engineering, Cohn is an innovator by nature. He cleaned up at the 2015 Social Innovation Challenge with his team’s H2g0 design for a mobile water purification system, earning the top amount of $18,000.

Entrepreneurship is a mindset. It’s about the big idea. It’s about the networking, the investment funding, the late nights of frustration and concentration.

Do you believe one pair of pants can change the world? Recent University of San Diego School of Business alumna Brittany Becker BA ’15 does.

Engineering students Harrison Schmachtenberger ’17, Shannon Bailey ’17, and Mei-Li Hey ’17 teamed up with Naugler to construct a latrine aid made out of local Ugandan materials.

“Students in the Hansen Summer Institute were chosen because of the commitment they have to creating positive change in the communities they come from,” said Grace Michel, CPC assistant director.

For three weeks this summer, 22 fellows from around the world have convened at the University of San Diego to develop their leadership skills and work together for a more peaceful future at the Hansen Summer Institute.

A proposal for an off-grid water purification system to sustain small communities with drinking water during disasters and emergencies was the big winner in the University of San Diego’s fifth annual Social Innovation Challenge.

After grueling months of working in teams, one-on-one coaching sessions, pitching workshops and elimination rounds that winnowed the top 15 contenders from more than 100 applicants in the competition.

As the world continues to change, so too is the necessity to be innovative in our thinking and doing. Solving problems through new student ideas can improve our quality of life. Taking new knowledge or a new approach to something and putting it to the best possible use, is vital.

Proposals for an off-grid water purification system, an app to connect socially conscious organizations and a low-cost device for HIV testing were among the winners at this week’s Social Innovation Challenge at the University of San Diego.

Students from USD, San Diego State University and UC San Diego pitched ideas that could improve communities Tuesday, and winners were announced Friday afternoon. Each team asked for seed money from a pool of $75,000 to take their proposals to the next stage of development.

Students from USD, UCSD, and SDSU pitch their social venture ideas for seed funding.

There are only 16 total teams left in the running for the University of San Diego’s Social Innovation Challenge and the remaining teams have been divided into two tracks: USD and San Diego-wide.

So, imagine the challenge of pitching a business idea in sign language. That's what the first prize winner of the University of San Diego's Social Innovation Challenge did.