What is the Innovation Challenge?

Ohio University student teams compete to solve media 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 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 late January. Finalists are selected out of this initial round. These teams moved forward to develop business plans, prototypes and a presentation of their ideas that were presented to media industry professionals, financial experts and others during Pitch Day in March. At the conclusion, $25,000 in prize monies was distributed to the student teams.

Last year, each challenge was tailored so that student teams may address diversity-related issues within their solutions: How does the product/service/technology reach or serve underserved and underrepresented audiences? $5,000 in additional prize money was awarded to the winning team, Du Monde, after they successfully presented their diversity idea on Pitch Day.