Testimonials from Participants

 
Video Testimonial: Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, member of first prize Team Ubuntu, reflects on her Scripps Innovation Challenge experience.
 

 

Video Testimonial: Student participants in the Ohio University Scripps Innovation Challenge from 2013 to 2015 explain what challenges they choose, why they participated, and what they gained from competing in the competition.
 
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"I participated in the SIC during its first year in 2013. The SIC was by far the most rewarding extra-curricular program that I was a part of; I gained new knowledge and valuable experience from participating, and my team had the honor of winning the first place prize. By participating in the SIC, I gained hands-on business and entrepreneurial skills that I would not have been exposed to in a standard classroom setting. A few of the most important areas I gained experience in included market research, white paper/business proposal drafting, as well as selling an idea by crafting an engaging sales pitch. 
 
 The skills I gained from the SIC were what resonated most with my employer, therefore, I truly believe my experience and success in the SIC is the reason I was offered the position. Everything I learned in the competition directly correlated to the type of work I am doing as a program manager at my company today."
 
Leah Petrovich, Progam Manager
CrowdTap
New York 
 
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Video Testimonial : Sanusi Shehu, a mechanical engineering major, was part of Team DuMonde, which won $10,000 First Place Prize and $5,000 Diversity Prize in the 2015 Scripps Innovation Challenge.

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"As a proud graduate of Ohio University I can honestly say that the Scripps Innovation Challenge was one of the few experiences I had as an undergraduate that refined my skills as a professional.  As I interviewed with more than ten companies, my ability to explain my team's SIC solution was a “goldmine” because I had an intuitive understanding of how our solution solved the challenge in a technical, business and marketing perspective. There are very few competitions that I would suggest students to participate in but as from experience The SIC is the ultimate challenge and is far more valuable than a syllabus written education." 
 
Anthony Aerni
IT, Washington D.C.
 
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"The Scripps Innovation Challenge was invaluable in setting me on this path and having experience to achieve what I didn’t think as possible. I would recommend the Scripps Innovation Challenge to students because I learned about developing my own startup company, and practiced working on a long-term project with student team. This atypical group project actually feels like a rewarding team effort; it’s a project that people share their skills in no matter what major, and take ownership of their craft."


Sierra Ferrier

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Video Testimonial: Ryan Vibbert, a senior at Ohio University, explains the benefits he got out of competing in and winning the Scripps Innovation Challenge in 2013.

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Video Testimonial: Journalism student Sarah Tranelli was a member of the team that won $10,000 in the first Scripps Innovation Challenge.

 

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