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The Scripps Innovation Challenge Kicks off with a Hackathon on Oct. 26

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The 5th annual Scripps Innovation Challenge kicks off this year’s activities with a “Hackathon” on October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Schoonover 380.

Students, who are considering entering the Challenge, can work with faculty to get your questions answered and get a jump start on a Challenge entry.

This year, entering and submitting an innovative idea is easier than in past years.

“There are only 3 steps to submit an entry into this competition: a 3-page paper, an infographic/presentation slide deck (7 slides max), and an answer to the question ‘Why is your solution innovation?’, according to Andrew Alexander, director, and Jean Marie Cackowski Campbell, executive coordinator.

Hackathon mentors for Oct. 26 include: Greg Newton, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Creative Activity; Jean Marie Cackowski-Campbell, Scripps Innovation Challenge Executive Coordinator; Mary Rogus, Associate Professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism; and Stephanie Tikkanen, Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies.

A second hackathon is slated for Nov. 10.

This year, students will vie for $18,000 in prize money for creating an innovative solution to one of six real life communication challenges submitted by outside organizations. Challenges cover health issues, the environment and new and traditional media, according to Cackowski-Campbell.

Student entries will be judged along the way by industry professionals and finalists will present their ideas later in March for final judging. Winners of each of the six challenges will be given the opportunities to make presentations to the leadership of the challenge’s sponsor.

Entries are due by Dec. 3. For more information about the Challenge, go to