Team Ubuntu winning First Prize Team Ubuntu with First Prize Second Prize Team Team Gen-Z winning the diversity prize The packed room on Pitch Day The judges deliberate Jennifer Dockham wins the Mashable Prize

Dean Titsworth, Scripps College of Communication, hands the check to Samuel Antwi, Goitom Negash, Ayleen Cabas-Mijares and Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako

Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako, Samuel Antwi, Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, Goitom Negash, and Dean of the Scripps College of Communication Scott Titsworth.

Dean Titsworth with Logan Leland, Danielle Keeton-Olsen, Sam Howard, Will Drabold, and Abdalah El-Barrad, the second prize winners.

Dean Titsworth with Team Gen-Z (Alex Stewart, Miguel Gomez, McKensie Powell, and Md Tanvir Iqbal), winners of the Diversity Prize.

Students and faculty pack the room on Pitch Day.

Mizell Stewart, Battinto Batts, M.J. Franklin, and Leah Petrovich deliberate as Jean Marie Cackowski-Campbell looks on.

Dean Titsworth, Scripps College of Communication, congratulates Jennifer Dockham on winning the 2016 Mashable Prize and Honorable Mention.

Scripps College Innovation Challenge

Imagine it. Design it. Pitch it. 


Live "Pitch Day" Finale: $25,000 given away!

On March 14th, 2016, seven finalist teams competed for a $25,000 prize pot by presenting innovative solutions to real-world media and communication problems.

First Prize, $10,000: Team Ubuntu, Serving a “Media Desert” (a location not well-served by traditional media outlets).
Ayleen Cabas Mijares (Caracas, Venezuela)
Goitom Negash (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako (Kumasi, Ashanti region, Ghana)
Samuel Antwi (Besoro, Ashanti region, Ghana)

Second Prize, $5,000: The Honey Badgers, Tracking money in state and local elections.
Abdalah El-Barrad (Pickerington, OH)
Logan Leland (Sugar Grove, OH)
Will Drabold (Athens, OH)
Sam Howard (Tiffin, OH)
Danielle Keeton-Olsen (Chicago, IL)

Diversity Prize, $5,000: Gen-Z, Motivating first-time voters
Miguel Gomez (Mexico City, Mexico)
McKenzie Powell (Berea, Ohio)
Md Tanvir Iqbal (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Alex Stewart (Pickerington, Ohio) 

Mashable Prize: Mashable Influencers Inititative, Incentivizing readers to deepen their engagement with online publishing sites
Jennifer Dockham (Zanesville, OH)

People's Choice: The Honey Badgers.

Honorable Mentions:
Mashable Influencers Initiative
Team Oasis

Summaries of each Team's submission, with team member names

You can listen to the WOUB pocast about this years challenge.

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 was 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 were selected after presenting their ideas on Pitch Day to a group of media industry professionals.

A total of $25,000 was awarded to the winners, with the first-place team receiving $10,000. The second prize team won $5,000. One team won the $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.

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With the fourth annual Scripps Innovation Challenge just concluded, organizers are already critiquing the competition and exploring ways to make it better next year. 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, Ohio (Feb. 12, 2016)—Seven finalist teams were announced today for the 2016 Scripps Innovation Challenge, setting the stage for the teams to compete next month on Pitch Day for $25,000 in prizes. Read More

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