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Deadline Nearing to Enter Summer Innovation Challenge

Cal State San Marcos students have an opportunity to foster real-life solutions to a specific community challenge in the upcoming Summer Innovation Challenge, which is managed by the CSUSM Innovation Hub.

Individuals and teams interested in participating can create and submit an executive summary online through the competition website. The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 1, and the winning individual/team will receive $500 with two runners-up receiving $100 each.

The initial submission briefly outlines the problem, solution and implementation procedures being addressed. The purpose of the summary is to convince the judges that the problem is significant and has a viable solution.

This summer’s challenge focuses on helping K-12 organizations deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer Innovation Challenge competitors will focus on new problems that K-12 schools face after reopening and design a unique solution in the form of a product, technology, service or program that meets the identified organizational need.

On Aug. 5, judges will announce the 10 individuals/teams that have advanced to the second round. The 10 finalists will have an opportunity to participate in an online mentoring session with industry professionals and local high school students before presenting their ideas to a panel of judges on Aug. 15.

The Summer Innovation Challenge is also open to non-students. However, they will be judged in a separate category and ineligible for the cash prizes.

Complete contest terms and conditions are available in the Summer Innovation Challenge Overview. Visit the Summer Innovation Challenge website or email innovation@csusm.edu for more information.

The CSUSM Summer Innovation Challenge is part of the Innovation Challenge series, a quarterly ideation competition managed by the CSUSM Innovation Hub, whose mission is to bring the resources, education and support to develop collaborative student/faculty/community partnerships in order to meet societal needs through innovation and entrepreneurship.

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