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It is a competition among Ohio University students to come up with innovation solutions to challenges posed by media and communication professionals. The goal is for students to provide creative ideas that solve actual innovation problems from the media and communication industries. Winners will receive substantial cash prizes.
The Scripps Innovation Challenge is open to any Ohio University student, regardless of their major or status (graduate or undergraduate). You may compete individually, although teams are most common. This campus-wide competition recognizes the reality that solutions to many of the media and communication industry's needs may come from aspiring engineers or business majors, not just journalists or communication majors. In the past, some of the best entries have come from teams with members from different disciplines.
A total of $25,000 was offered in 2015-2016. The First Prize was $10,000; Second Prize was $5,000. There were several "Honorable Mention" awards. An additional $5,000 in prize money was awarded for entries that also provided a diversity strategy to reach underserved or underrepresented communities/audiences.
The 2015-2016 Challenge has closed. Dates for the 2016-2017 Challenge will be announced in the Fall.
A panel of judges will narrow the entries to finalists. On Pitch Day, the finalists will present their solutions to a panel of industry judges, an event on campus that will be open to the public.
The Scripps Innovation Challenge website will provide a link to the registration and entry submission, which was done through Reviewr for 2015-2016. The content depends largely on the nature of the challenge being posed. Each entry must address the business aspects of the solution (e.g. How much will it cost to develop and implement? What is the potential revenue stream?). This is because there is always an up-front cost to innovation and it underscores the importance of innovative ideas contributing to an organization's bottom line. In broad terms, your entry should be roughly 60 percent innovation, 25 percent sustainability, and 15 percent on diversity.
Yes. You won't be expected to submit tested software or an approved app. But your entry should be as fully developed as possible with any prototype designs for your concept. The concept should be explained in detail. It should spell out not only how your solution will work, but also why your approach is best. It should include data and research to support your conclusions. If your solution will require software or technological development, your entry will stand a better chance of success if you seek expertise in those areas so you can authoritatively explain what will be needed. Most of all, your entry should be innovative in the sense that it takes full advantage of the many new platforms, tools, technologies, processes and applications being used today. These might include things like interactive design, gaming, geo-based media, informational graphics, all aspects of social media, etc.
You can get help in several ways. We are planning for a one credit course offered in the fall semester to help guide you on how to prepare the best possible entry. Please check back later for details.
The Scripps Innovation Challenge website will also list a number of one hour “boot camps” at which expert speakers will talk about various elements of preparing an entry. These boot camps will be held at the same time and in the same place as the one credit course, but you don’t have to be registered for the class to attend any or all. Just show up.
By request, the Alden Library staff will work with individual student teams to find marketing data and research that might enhance their entries. They have also compiled an information guide that will help teams get started with Alden Library resources.
A newspaper might be searching for ways to use social media to sell tickets to live events co-sponsored with advertisers. A nonprofit group may need a way to engage the public in reporting environmental problems like toxic spills or water contamination. A radio station with a hard rock format might seek ways to use mobile devices to grow its audience. A public relations firm might need a way to use social media to target fundraising appeals for a nonprofit client. A television station might need a way to identify and attract a teenage audience with a new mobile app. A government agency may seek an innovative way for members of the public to anonymously report suspected child or spousal abuse.
You can seek teammates on your own, of course. But the Scripps Innovation Challenge will also seek to pair teams after the student sign-up has opened and during boot camp sessions.
Credit will be given for those who complete the course listed above, of course. Beyond that, academic credit is awarded by individual schools and departments. Some schools have independent study and reserve credits that could possibly be used for this purpose. Check with your academic advisor or your school's director to learn whether you can use these or other options to gain course credit.