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Scripps College Innovation Challenge


As you register for fall semester classes, consider this new one-credit course devoted to preparing entries for next year’s Scripps Innovation Challenge. It’s simple! You’ll meet from 10:45-11:35 a.m. on Mondays and learn about media innovation and entrepreneurship as you prepare your entry for the Challenge. By the end of the semester, you’ll have a ready-made submission to this university-wide competition in which students come up with creative solutions to real world media and communication problems. Or, sign up for the course with friends and work together as a team.

If your entry is chosen as a Challenge finalist, you’ll automatically qualify to share in the $25,000 prize pool. 

This COMM 2900 “Special Topics in Communication” course is a terrific - and fun - opportunity to learn about media and communication innovation. The class number is 11940. 

Imagine it. Design it. Pitch it.

The 4th 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 2016. 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 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.

Celebrating its second 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. 

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ATHENS, Ohio (March 25, 2015)—Seven student teams at Ohio University walked away with $25,000 in prizes at Monday’s “Pitch Day” finale of the third annual Scripps Innovation Challenge. The team that captured top honors also qualified to compete in the inaugural Scripps International Innovators Cup, pitting them against winners of similar student contests at universities in the United States and abroad. Team Du Monde, consisting of four international graduate students, took home a total of $15,000 in prizes. The team won the $10,000 first prize for its “Safety on the Streets” campaign aimed at reducing sexual assaults.. The wearable technology and app developed by Team Du Monde utilizes geo-tracking to notify authorities of the location of a person needing immediate emergency assistance. Team Du Monde also created a corresponding educational campaign regarding sexual assault. Read More

ATHENS, Ohio – Fresh from spring break, teams of Ohio University students are frantically prepping for the culmination of one of the nation’s best-known – and most lucrative – college innovation competitions. On March 23, seven teams will come together for the “Pitch Day” finale of the third annual Scripps Innovation Challenge, a university-wide contest to come up with creative solutions to real-world media and communication problems. At stake: $25,000 in prizes and the chance to compete for the inaugural Scripps International Innovators Cup, pitting them against winners of similar innovation contests at other colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Read More

If there’s one common concern that unites college students everywhere, it’s finding a job after graduation. However, college students are learning that extracurricular experiences in college can really help them stand out and land a job. Opportunities like the Scripps Innovation Challenge (SIC) at Ohio University might be the deciding factor between getting a dream job and having to compromise. Leah Petrovich, broadcast major and 2013 alumna, knew the feeling all too well when she said goodbye to Athens two years ago and took a position as a broadcast sports intern at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. Petrovich had spent the past four years at OU studying broadcast journalism, but after working for five months in the field, she wasn’t sure it was the right path for her. Read More

The Scripps Innovation Challenge is headed into its third year as a competition for Ohio University students to create solutions to real-world issues and compete for $25,000 in prizes. At the kick-off event on Thursday, Oct. 30, Associate Dean for Innovation at Scripps College of Communication Michelle Ferrier encouraged all Ohio University students to participate. Read More

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


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