The 4th 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, they choose from a range of challenges and come up with a creative solution. Winners are selected after presenting their ideas on Pitch Day to a group of media industry professionals in March 2016. This year's challenges will be posted soon.
A total of $25,000 will be awarded to the winners, with the first-place team receiving $10,000. In addition, teams can win all or a portion of an additional $5,000 diversity-enhancement prize pool — 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.
This year’s winner will automatically qualify to compete in the Scripps College of Communication International Innovators Cup. 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 winning team will receive a cash prize in addition to new business development support.
Registration Information and additional information is coming soon.
It’s not too late to register for this new one-credit, pass-fail course devoted to preparing entries for this 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. Sign up for the course individually or with friends and work together as a team. Deadline for class registration is Sept. 4.
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.
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