UVU Social Innovation Challenge

About the UVU Social Innovation Challenge

The annual UVU Social Innovation Challenge starts each September, provides workshops monthly during fall, and concludes with pitches from our finalists at an exciting awards competition in December. Last year's topic was air quality and the winning team for Track 1 went to Oxford to compete in the "Map the Systems" challenge, in which they reached the top 4.

Participating in the UVU Social Innovation Challenge offers you hands-on experience working to identify and research a social problem and gaps in the solutions market. This is a great place to start if you want to save the world.

  

Competition Criteria and Submission Requirements

Track 1:  New Solution For The Last Mile: New Solutions (Completely new, unique and innovative. These solutions shall not have been done using this application/context anytime or any place before.)

  • Who: At least one member of the team must be a current student (enrolled on a course of 6 months or longer), OR a recent graduate (i.e. having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition). Students may be at undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate or doctoral level. Can be from any university to participate. 
  • Submissions: The submission must analyze a specific problem regarding to the topic. It then must show how the problem has specifically been addressed currently (and/or historically). Finally, the submission must provide and validate a new proposed solution (with a prototype) that explains the benefits and limitations of this solution with substantive research and validation tests of the concept.
  • Criteria: 
    • The problem definition needs to show a specific problem for the “last mile of the transportation issue”.  This requires a controllable root cause analysis and prior/current solutions focused on the last mile. (25%)
    • Demonstration of a feasible, new, unique and inventive solution, including a prototype that provides benefits and limitations of the solution. (25%)
    • Solution validation with both secondary and primary research.  This needs to provide meaningful data and proof of concept for the solution. (25%)
    • Scalability of solution: cost/benefit analysis that shows how this solution can be scaled and that this solution is feasible. (25%)
  • Format: Each team must fulfill the requirements of the criteria of the competition through the submission of a 3 minute (maximum) video by the provided due date for the competition. Finalists will be chosen from all submissions. The Finals will held at UVU on December 4, 2018. ALL members of the team should be in attendance during the Finals, where finalist videos will be shown to judges and attendees.  Teams should come prepared to answer questions during potential judges’ Q&A.
  • How to Submit Your Project:
    • Upload your video to YouTube as unlisted in the privacy settings
    • Email Entrepreneur Institute with YouTube link and 1 page executive summary to msanders@uvu.edu
    • Due date November 30th 11:59PM
  • Key Desired Outputs: 
    • Problem analysis skills using secondary and primary research.
    • Ability to perform creative/innovative/relevant and impactful problem solving.
    • Civic engagement to create solutions for regional economic problems.
    • Synthesis of academic learning with a real-world community context.
    • Critical reasoning skills that provide strategic analysis, feasibility analysis, understanding of scalability, validation analysis, solution based mindsets and the demonstrated capability of developing and delivering value. 
  • Award: Money and potential solution development at UVU with UVU Enactus, UVU Entrepreneurship Institute and sponsoring organizations.

 

Track 2: Existing Solutions For the Last Mile (Researched based) 

What solutions have been done in other high traffic areas that can be integrated here to help solve our problems with the last mile?

  • Who: At least one member of the team must be a current student (enrolled on a course of 6 months or longer), OR a recent graduate (i.e. having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition). Students may be at undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate or doctoral level. Can be from any university to participate. 
  • Submissions content is problem analysis and proposed solution for improving the last mile of transportation.
  • Criteria: 
    • Problem definition showing connection of solution for Transportation to address a specific problem for the last mile (controllable root cause analysis and solutions focused on the last mile) (25%)
    • Feasible, unique solution with possible prototype (25%)
    • Solution validation with data and proof of concept. (25%)
    • Scalability of solution: cost/benefit analysis that shows the greatest benefit and solution for the last mile (25%)
  • Format: 3 minute video is required for initial round judging. Finalists will be required to attend an event at UVU on December 4th to show their presentation. They can choose who from their team does the presenting — this could be one, two, or all members of the team. However, ALL members of the team should be in attendance during the presentation(s) and prepared to answer questions during the judges’ Q&A.
  • How to Submit Your Project:
    • Upload your video to YouTube as unlisted in the privacy settings
    • Email Entrepreneur Institute with YouTube link and 1 page executive summary to msanders@uvu.edu
    • Due date November 30th 11:59PM
  • Key Desired Output:
    • Problem analysis skills using secondary and primary research.
    • Ability to perform creative/innovative/relevant and impactful problem solving.
    • Civic engagement to create solutions for regional economic problems.
    • Synthesis of academic learning with a real-world community context.
    • Critical reasoning skills that provide strategic analysis, feasibility analysis, understanding of scalability, validation analysis, solution based mindsets and the demonstrated capability of developing and delivering value. 
  • Award: Money and potential solution development at UVU with UVU Enactus, UVU Entrepreneurship Institute, and sponsoring organizations.
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Track 3: Best "Map The System" (Research)

  • Who: At least one member of the team must be a current student (enrolled on a course of 6 months or longer), OR a recent graduate (i.e. having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition). Students may be at undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate or doctoral level. Can be from any university to participate. (See additional requirement to add a UVU student if they win). 
  • Submissions can be of any critical social or environmental problem (Transportation: The Last Mile or Other) that meets the criteria following the "Map the Systems" model provided. Submissions will include a Visual Map, Research Analysis and Bibliography. It does not require a proposed "solution" to be submitted for consideration. 
  • Criteria: Thoroughness (33%), Clarity (33%), Insight (33%) (Potential impact and relevance will be tie breaker) as defined here: http://www.oxfordglobalchallenge.com/guidelines/
  • Format is a 3 minute video that reviews the map, research and bibliography will be used to judge submissions to determine finalists. Finalists will be required to attend an event at UVU on December 4th to show their presentation. They can choose who from their team does the presenting — this could be one, two, or all members of the team. However, ALL members of the team should be in attendance during the presentation(s) and prepared to answer questions during the judges’ Q&A.
  • How to Submit Your Project:
    • Upload your video to YouTube as unlisted in the privacy settings
    • Email Entrepreneur Institute with YouTube link and 1 page executive summary to msanders@uvu.edu
    • Due date November 30th 11:59PM
  • Key Desired Output: High quality, accessible research on critical social and environmental problems and students capable of creating this research. 
  • Award: Resources, Fame and Glory. Team selected as winner for Best Research track must agree to continue to prepare and qualify with an assigned UVU faculty mentor(s) after UVU Social Innovation competition to compete in the "Map the System" Oxford competition next April/May 2019. Travel support will be provided. (Team of 1-5 including at least one current UVU student* can compete in the Oxford challenge). Ideally, this would lead to published research and scholarly presentations as well. Must agree to do press releases and other awareness development activities. Last year our team was in the top four at Oxford!
  • Note: At least one UVU student/grad must be on the team and must actively contribute after this UVU competition. (Team can add UVU student to team after UVU competition if they currently have no UVU student.)

More details:

http://www.oxfordglobalchallenge.com/guidelines/

http://www.oxfordglobalchallenge.com/resources/ 

Competition Timeline

Thursday, September 13, 2018: Applications open for submission

Friday, November 30, 2018: Application submission deadline, 11:59 PM

Friday, November 30, 2018-Monday, December 3, 2018: Applications reviewed to select finalists

Monday, December 3, 2018: Finalists notified by 5 PM MST

Tuesday, December 4, 2018: Final Showcase and Judging – Utah Valley University, SB 134

            6-7pm – Networking and Refreshments

            7-9pm – Video Presentations and Awards Presentation

Workshops

These workshops are a great opportunity for you to get ongoing feedback on your competition materials to ensure you’re headed in the right direction.

Dates

TBA

How to Register

Sign up to attend the kickoff at https://2018-uvu-sic-kickoff.eventbrite.com

If you forget or don’t get a chance to register you can still attend! Registration just helps us make sure we don’t overfill the room and that there are enough snacks.

How to Apply

  1. Check the eligibility criteria and key dates to make sure you are able to participate.
  2. Form a team (or go it alone). You can enter the competition as an individual or team. Keep in mind that a large team must split the award and only five can go to Oxford.
  3. Choose your topic. See the Oxford guidance page for advice on how to select an appropriate topic. The competition is focusing on transportation as a topic, but if you have stronger feelings for another topic, that’s good too!
  4. Use the resources to guide you. We have a list of recommended resources, including the Oxford Impact Gaps Canvas tool, workshops, and other links. Talk to your institution as they may have other resources to recommend.
  5. Research thoroughly. The best submissions are those that draw upon a wide range of sources, such as journal articles, academic literature, policy documents, surveys, and in-person or phone interviews. You can revise or refine your topic at this stage if needed.
  6. Attend the workshops and get feedback on your materials as you make progress!
  7. Create your video and practice your presentation! Show your video to a variety of people and ask for their questions to help you prepare for the Q&A. Research track focused participants should also produce a Visual Map or Chart as described on the Oxford Challenge website. The analysis and bibliography will be required only if you are selected to move on to the Oxford Challenge.
  8. Submit. Upload your final video via our online form no later than November 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM. We will be accepting ONLY links to videos, so please upload your final video to YouTube or another video service and make sure we can view it via link.

 

Resources

UTA First-Last Mile Strategies Study

CONNECTS Newsletter

Judging

The judging panel may consist of venture capitalists, scientists, lawyers, doctors, bankers, accountants, entrepreneurs, transportation experts, politicians, or other successful and knowledgeable professionals with a passion for improving the last mile in Utah (and around the globe). Judges will not be affiliated with, or involved in the preparation or funding of, any participating team. The decisions of the judging panel will be final and will not be subject to appeal.

Judging Criteria

Research Track

Key Desired Output: High quality, accessible research on critical social and environmental problems and students capable of creating this research. 

  • Thoroughness (33%)
  • Clarity (33%)
Solution Track

Key Desired Output: Creative, Innovative, Unique, Relevant, Impactful, Feasible, Scale-able, Validated Solutions and students with the demonstrated capability of developing and delivering value. 

  • Problem definition showing connection of solution for transportation to address a specific problem (controllable root cause analysis that shows link to root cause) (25%)
  • Feasible, unique and inventive solution with prototype (25%)
  • Solution validation with data and proof of concept. (25%)
  • Scalability of solution: market revenue projection that demonstrates and shows the highest value in the challenge (25%)

Prizes

As much as $10,000 in prize money will be awarded amongst the contestants. The award categories are:

  • Best Research
  • Best Solution

One of the winners for Best Research will be selected to continue to prepare and qualify with an assigned UVU faculty mentor(s) after UVU Social Innovation competition to compete in the "Map the System" Oxford competition next April/May 2018. Travel support will be provided. (Team of 1-5 including at least one current UVU student* can compete in the Oxford challenge).

Ideally, this would lead to published research and scholarly presentations as well. Must agree to do press releases and other awareness development activities. This challenge offers a £3,000, £2,000, and £1,000 cash prize and tickets to Emerge 2018.

Contacts

Meagan Sanders

msanders@uvu.edu

Assistant Project Manager

Mark Seastrand

mseastrand@uvu.edu

Director of Outreach

Luke Peterson

Luke.peterson@uvu.edu

Chair

Kevin Castle

kcastle@uvu.edu

Chair

Ephraim Zamora

Ephraim.zamora@uvu.edu

Chair