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What is the Scripps Innovation Challenge?

Who may compete?

How much are the cash prizes?

When does the competition open and close?

How will winners be selected?

How will I submit my entry, and what will it include?

How fully developed must my entry be? Can I enter if all I have is a good idea?

Where can I turn for guidance in crafting my entry?

What are some examples of innovation "challenges" posed by those in the media and communication industries?

What if I'm a journalism student and I need a team member who has technical expertise (or, the other way around)?

Can I receive academic credit for participating in the Challenge?

If teams have any additional questions, feel free to email us using the "Contact Us" links.

What is the Scripps Innovation Challenge?

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 problems with a communication focus. Winners will receive cash prizes.

Who may compete?

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 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.

How much are the cash prizes?

This year the first prize is $1,500, the second prize $750, and three honorable mentions of $250.

When does the competition open and close?

Submissions will be due in early March to select finalists who will present on April 9th.

How will winners be selected?

Finalists will present live to a judging panel of communication and education professionals.

How will I submit my entry, and what should it include?

Additional details will be posted soon. The March submission will need to include a one-page executive summary, an outline of the the proposed solution, and a Business Model Canvas. 

How fully developed must my entry be? Can I enter if all I have is a good idea?

Yes. Your entry should spell out not only how your solution will work, but also why your approach is best. It should be informed by 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.

Where can I turn for guidance in crafting my entry?

You can get help in several ways. The Scripps Innovation Challenge website lists a number of one-hour videos of “boot camps” where expert speakers have addressed some aspects of the challenge.

By request, the Alden Library staff will work with individual student teams to find marketing data and research that might enhance their entries. 

What are some examples of innovation "challenges" posed by those in the media and communication industries?

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. 

This year the challenge, sponsored by AT&T, is how to increase college readiness in Appalachia. You can find more on the "How to Enter" page. 

What if I'm a journalism student and I need a team member who has technical expertise (or, the other way around)?

You can seek teammates on your own, of course. But the Scripps Innovation Challenge will also seek to provide meet-up opportunities, such as during the Kickoff.

Can I receive academic credit for participating in the Challenge?

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.

 

 

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