Community Changemaker Challenge

Theme: Make Evansville More Fun & Exciting!

  • We are looking for fun, whimsical, creative, or interesting new ways to increase the fun factor for our city.
  • Ideas could include events, activities, businesses, arts installations, or anything else you can imagine.
  • The idea should be something you are willing to create or do if you can get the right resources and guidance.


The final 4 teams will each:

  • Receive $1000 in prize money to be used as they wish
  • Have the chance to pitch their ideas to real community investors in a televised Shark-Tank style format on WNIN

Who Can Compete

Anyone can be a changemaker! Form a team to compete.

  • Age Pre K-99 (or beyond)!
  • Any walk of life

Dates and Details

  • 1st round: Video submission — Email a link to a three minute video uploaded to YouTube to by January 25, 2019.

  • 2nd round: Pitch event — The top 12 teams will be invited to a pitch event to briefly present their idea and discuss it with interested parties – late January/early February.

  • Final Round: Televised show — The top 4 teams will be invited to the WNIN studio on March 1 to receive their $1000 prize and to pitch their idea to investors who might be able to help fund the ideas and offer suggestions and advice to get them implemented.

Changemaker Challege Logo


  • Your idea must clearly address the theme of “Making Evansville More Fun and Exciting”
  • We encourage submissions that are:
    • Innovative
    • Feasible
    • Sustainable year after year

Funding request

You may pitch for funding to help start your event, purchase supplies, get a business off the ground, or any other reasonable costs associated with getting your idea on its way to implementation. The maximum amount any team can request is $10,000. We encourage you to request less than that, however, as it will be much more likely that our investors will fund things at lower levels such as $2500-$5000 or even less. Many of the best ideas don’t take a lot to get started!

Supporting Events

We are planning several optional supporting events that might help you to develop your ideas or to find teammates to work with.

Design Thinking Workshop and Hackathon for Making Evansville More Fun and Exciting
Schroeder School of Business Administration, Room 172, University of Evansville campus
November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come to learn cutting-edge innovation techniques and apply them to the theme of “Making Evansville More Fun and Exciting”
No cost
Register for Design Thinking Workshop
This event is made possible by a generous grant from Rotary Club of Evansville.

Community Visioning Sessions – Conducted by Leadership Evansville
Dates to be Determined
Come engage in a process of imagining a better community
No cost
RSVP link coming soon

Some Sources of Inspiration

Peter Kageyama is author to two great books that are very relevant (see below). He encourages people who care about their cities to write them “love notes.” A love note can be just about anything from a large-scale community painting to a small treasure hunt for mice to a ritual event to an exciting new food truck to a playground for millennials or or anything else you can imagine.

A few examples from around the world, which Peter Kageyama calls “Love Notes to a City” - we are looking for love notes to Evansville!

Some examples that cost less than $2000

Mice on Main

Greenville, South Carolina: For his senior project at Christ Church Episcopal School in 2000, Jim Ryan proposed the idea of installing a family of nine unique mice sculptures in surprising places along Greenville's Main Street from the Hyatt to the Westin Poinsett Hotel. His original idea spun from the book, Goodnight Moon, which he and his mom read every night when he was small. There are nine mice pictured in that story. Ryan made his way through the red tape involved in any city project and then raised the money, with the assistance of donors and the mayor, to complete his project. The mice have become a popular attraction downtown, with many people engaging in scavenger hunts, or bringing out-of-town guests to try and find them all.


Mouse statue on curb


Seattle, Washington: Positive messages that appear on the sidewalk when it rains, with a mission of turning rainy days into something to look forward to! People go on Rainy Day Scavenger Hunts and can submit their own ideas.


RainWorks image on sidewalk

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