The 5th Annual Scripps Innovation Challenge is a university-wide student competition to create innovative solutions to real-world media and communication problems. The goal is to harness the creativity of Ohio University students to develop new and innovative products, tools, or strategies that could be the basis for a startup business or a new entrepreneurial venture by an established company.
The competition is open to all Ohio University students, regardless of major. Working individually or in teams, you can choose from a range of challenges and come up with a creative solution. Entries are due the last day of classes for Fall Semester. Based on those entries, ten teams will win $500 each, and have the opportunity to become finalists. The final winners will be selected after presenting their ideas on Pitch Day in March to a group of media industry professionals.
The Challenge has a total of prize pot of $18,000, with the first-place team receiving $7,000. The second prize team will win $2,500, and there will be two honorable mentions of $1,000. In addition, there will be a diversity-enhancement prize pool of $1,500 — an incentive for ideas that address underserved and underrepresented audiences.
The Scripps Innovation Challenge is considered one of the nation’s premiere student innovation contests. And in addition to hefty cash prizes, it offers a unique learning experience that past participants have used to build their resume and land great jobs.
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The Scripps Innovation Challenge announced it is seeking solutions for local issues and an environmental concern and has scheduled workshops. Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (September 12, 2016)—The 5th Annual Scripps Innovation Challenge is set to host a Kickoff and Mingle event for this year’s competition in Schoonover Center, 4th floor from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (March 15, 2016)—On Monday, March 14, seven student teams earned $25,000 in prize money at the “Pitch Day” finale of the fourth annual Scripps Innovation Challenge. Read More
ATHENS, OH (December 7, 2015)—For Erica Molfetto, the Scripps Innovation Challenge offered a bigger payoff than its $25,000 prize pot. Read More
ATHENS, OH (November 18, 2014)—College students are learning that extracurricular experiences in college can really help them stand out and land a job. Leah Petrovich, broadcast major and 2013 alumna, used her SIC experience to get hired for her dream job. Read More