What is the Innovation Challenge?

Ohio University student teams compete to solve media and communication industry challenges in this annual competition sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication with funding from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Our goal is to encourage interdisciplinary teams of students from across the university to creatively address media and communication industry challenges through technology, service, or other product solutions. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate.


Once challenges are released, student teams or individuals work to develop their initial ideas by early December. Finalists are selected out of this initial round. These teams move forward to develop business briefs, prototypes, and a presentation of their ideas to media and communication industry professionals, financial experts and a live audience during Pitch Day in March.

At the conclusion, prize monies are distributed to the student teams, with additional money available for the team or teams that best answers the question: "How does the product/service/technology reach or serve underserved and underrepresented audiences?"

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