UE's High School Changemaker Challenge

High School Changemaker Challenge, October 23, 2019

The High School Changemaker Challenge is in its fifth year. In recognition of five years of sponsoring ideas for change in the community, UE has some exciting enhancements.

The University is looking for students who are currently high school-aged and have an idea about how to improve our world, whether locally or globally. We believe that everyone is a changemaker. As a high school student, you too can make a difference – big or small. At the University of Evansville, we help students understand complex problems and provide students with the knowledge and tools to address those complex problems with innovative solutions. Through a design process, we want students to refine their ideas to adequately address problems, big and small.

The High School Changemaker Challenge wants students, regardless of where you attend school, to form teams to address these problems. The University of Evansville then commits to work with you and your team to bring that idea to reality. It is a process that we are committed to working with students who then choose to attend the University of Evansville for the college career.

The High School Changemaker Challenge will be broken down into three rounds of competition.

Round 1: Video submission

The first round is a 60 second idea video that you and your team must submit by September 9, 2019. The video must include you and your teammates. Please keep any school or organization identities off of the video. Use the time to introduce us to you and your idea. Include why you chose this project and why you think it matters. The top 20 video submissions will be contacted by September 13 that they have made it to the second round. Video submissions should be submitted to centerforinnovation@evansville.edu

Round 2: On-Campus Pitch

The top 20 teams will develop a five-minute pitch to explain their project. The pitches will be presented on the University of Evansville campus on Wednesday, October 23, before the same panel of judges. Students will need to arrive on campus with their coach as part of the pitch competition. Pitches should identify a problem, introduce the team's solution or product and explain how the idea is feasible. The top six teams from round 2 will be announced on-site and will present to a final panel of judges later the same day.

The winning teams will receive four-year scholarships to attend the University of Evansville.

  • 1st place team: Full tuition
  • 2nd place team: $26,000 per year
  • 3rd place team: $22,000 per year
  • 3 Runner up teams: $18,000 per year

We will be offering training sessions to help students interested in competing be successful and better understand what to expect of the competition. Students and coaches are welcomed to attend.

For those interested in competing and need some help getting started:

Creating your Idea
Mrs. Johnna Denning-Smith
August 22, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Schroeder Family School of Business Building
Room 162

Sessions open to those selected to participate in the competition:

Financing and Feasibility
Mr. Nick Wilderman
September 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Schroeder Family School of Business Building
Room 162

Presentation Skills
Dr. Tamara Wandel
September 25, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Schroeder Family School of Business Building
Room 162

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