Social innovation

Horn Program, OEIP sponsor student Social Innovation Contest


1:16 p.m., March 21, 2014--The University of Delaware’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP) are sponsoring the second annual student Social Innovation Contest. 

The contest looks for teams of students from different disciplines to take on a “wicked” social problem and design an innovative solution. The final design must be unique, address the deeper problem, be sustainable economically, socially and environmentally, and ultimately make a positive difference for people.

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The winning team will receive a $500 prize. 

The teams must be multidisciplinary with a minimum of three and a maximum of six team members, and must formally represent at least three disciplines. Teams may be comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, and are encouraged to consider big projects that are currently part of course assignments. 

The teams must identify and focus their problem within a broader social problem, and are afforded one free consultation session with a design judge. 

Teams are encouraged to work with a real world client, and may add to their design by crafting a detailed implementation plan and budget. Some teams may actually make progress or engage in actual activities toward implementation. 

Teams are also encouraged to utilize the many valuable facets of design thinking and design processes including gathering user-centered data and perspectives, collaboration, iteration, clearly incorporating divergent and convergent thinking through all phases, and utilizing multi and/or cross disciplinary perspectives. 

The contest is currently underway and teams may “register” at any time. The final products and presentations are due by 9 a.m., Friday, May 16. 

Register by emailing Tony Middlebrooks, associate professor, at and include full names and affiliations of all team members.

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