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Scripps College Innovation Challenge

Imagine it. Design it. Pitch it.

The 3rd Annual Scripps Innovation Challenge is a university-wide student competition that gives Bobcats the opportunity to create innovative solutions to real-world media and communication problems. The goal of the competition is to harness the creativity of Ohio University students in order to develop new and innovative service, product or process solutions as the basis for a new startup business.

Working individually or in teams, students will choose a challenge from which to develop a new business idea before presenting it on Pitch Day to a group of media industry professionals in March 2015. A total of $25,000 will be awarded to the winners, with the first-place team receiving $10,000 and a chance to advance in the new Scripps College of Communication International Innovators Cup. In addition, one team finalist will also win an additional $5,000 for the diversity-enhancement prize -- an incentive for ideas that address underserved and underrepresented audiences.

New this year, the International Innovators Cup invites colleges and universities around the world to enter their best new media/communications business idea to compete against other schools for this top international honor. The mission of the prize is to celebrate student innovation around media entrepreneurship and to highlight the creativity and entrepreneurship being implemented in communication and journalism schools. The winning team will receive a cash prize in addition to new business development support. For 2015, the winning team will be presented their trophy at the AEJMC Pre-Conference on Media Entrepreneurship on August 5, 2015 in San Francisco.

The newest news stories and upcoming events are listed below. For a comprehensive list of news, please visit our news listing page. To get more details and find later events, visit our event page.



Ohio University senior Alex Harshaw, a Scripps Innovation Challenge participant and president of the Entrepreneurship Club, spent his summer in New York City as a digital media intern at DreamIt Ventures, a media/tech accelerator in Manhattan. Harshaw, who studies in the School of Media Arts & Studies in the Scripps College of Communication, was a member of one of the seven teams to make it to the final Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day on April 21, 2014. His team, Merge Media, created a hyperlocal news app that engages users throughout the news cycle. The team took home an honorable mention prize from the challenge, but decided not to commercialize the idea. Read More

ATHENS, Ohio (July 2, 2014)—The team EG 501 came up with an algorithm to monetize the Columbus Dispatch’s 190,000 Twitter followers through identifying communities on social media and customizing tweets to better serve existing followers. Its method landed the team of three the $10,000 first prize amount on Pitch Day of the Scripps Innovation Challenge student competition on Monday, April 21. Now two of the team members are taking their idea further. Read More

The second annual Scripps Innovation Challenge, a media innovation contest sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication and open to all students at Ohio University, concluded Monday, April 21 on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens when Team E.G. 501 took home the $10,000 first prize for its pitch to monetize the Columbus Dispatch’s 190,000 Twitter followers through identifying communities on social media and customizing tweets to better serve existing followers. Read More

ATHENS, Ohio (April 16, 2014)—The second Scripps Innovation Challenge at Ohio University will conclude Monday, April 21 with Pitch Day, when seven teams of finalists will present their innovative solutions to challenges posed by the media industry. Four judges representing a variety of media professions will award $25,000 in prizes. The event will take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Baker Center Ballroom B and is free and open to the public. Read More

The Scripps College of Communication announces a series of events that will connect speakers and students on the topic of innovation as part of the Scripps Innovation Challenge (SIC). A SIC Kickoff, featuring a panel of four professionals, is set for Tuesday, Feb. 11. Read More


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