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Changemaker Challenge



What is the Changemaker Challenge?

The Changemaker Challenge mirrors an international effort to educate individuals and groups of people in hopes of equipping them with the skills and knowledge to holistically understand an issue that they’re passionate about solving.

The Changemaker Challenge, as it pertains to College of Charleston is a campus-wide call for students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, to demonstrate understanding of an Environmental, Economic, or Social problem on a systemic level and/or create a sustainable solution to an Environmental, Economic, or Social problem.

The Changemaker Challenge is comprised of two parts: the proposal, and the pitch competition. The proposal portion of the Changemaker Challenge is now accepting subnissions until November 15th, 2019. The top 10 finalists from the proposal submission review will be invited to participate in the pitch competition in Spring 2020. The event includes a 3 minute pitch with presentation, and 5 minutes for questions and review from the judges.

What are the Changemaker Workshops and how do they correspond to the Changemaker Challenge?

The Changemaker Workshops are an amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Hansen, our Innovation Fellow, to hone in on the issue and/or solution that you are passionate about for the Challenge. He will provide you with skills, tools, and input on how to improve your chances at winning!


What do you need to do to participate?

1. Research a problem you would like to work on for the challenge. 

          - The aim of the project should be to implement positive social, environmental, or economic change.

          - Projects can be done anywhere – local or global

          - Teams should try to complete their projects by spring

          - Projects should positively impact a target group of people.

          - There is no limit to the topics that can be addressed through projects, though there will be some awards for projects focused on the theme of the year (food scarcity 2019-20), the 250th anniversary of the College, or other topics.

         - There are no restrictions on the type of change pursued.

2. Register for and attend a workshop offered at various times throughout the Fall 2019 semester for help developing your understanding of the problem, by starting work on the Impact Gaps Canvas. 

3. Bring your laptop to the workshop - you'll need it!

Click here for a preview of a Changemaker Workshop.

Poster Session of the 2019 Changemaker Challenge

How does this benefit me?

By participating in the Changemaker Challenge, you will be able to create well developed portfolio pieces to provide to future employers, network with members in the community who can help you formulate a plan to address your chosen issue, and a chance to do something about an issue that may affect your local, regional, or even national or international community.

You can be a change agent and we can provide you with the skills and knowledge to make an impactful difference!

Plus, you have the chance to win up to $5,000!!