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The 4th Annual Scripps Innovation Challenge Has Launched With New Popularity

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Nearly 200 students jammed Baker Center Ballroom this week to kick-off the 4th Annual Scripps Innovation Challenge (SIC) and to learn more about entering this competition that requires innovative solutions to real world media problems.

Students who enter the competition can possibly win the grand prize of $10,000 plus the possibility of an additional $5,000 if the solution specifically addresses diversity issues. The first place winner also goes forward to compete in the 2nd annual International Innovators Cup competition for the possibility of an additional $5,000 prize.

This year’s competition is being managed by Andy Alexander, visiting professional in the Scripps College of Communication and executive-in-residence at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, along with Jean-Marie Cackowski-Campbell who is acting as the executive coordinator.

Both Alexander and Cackowski-Campbell talked with WOUB’s Tom Hodson to preview this year’s competition.

Either individuals or teams of students may enter. The competition is open to both undergraduates and graduate students from across all disciplines at Ohio University.

This year, entrants will be trying to solve one of five different challenges presented by media. Two involve the 2016 election, one concerns podcasts, another focuses on how to populate “media deserts” and another asks how to incentivize audience members to tell their own stories for public consumption.

Students may get help in formulating their ideas and presentations by attending regularly scheduled “boot-camps” on various innovation and entrepreneurial topics. A full schedule can be obtained on the SIC website.

Also, helpful videos will be available on the website to assist students. The website is https://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/innovationchallenge/. SIC also may be found on Facebook at Scripps Innovation Challenge & International Innovators Cup. SIC is on Twitter @SIC_OHIOU.

Individuals or teams must register to participate by Nov. 20, 2015. Entries must be submitted by January 25, 2016. Seven finalists will be announced on February 12, 2016 and the final Pitch Day to a panel of media experts will take place on March 14, 2016 at the Walter Hall Rotunda.