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Social Innovation Design Contest

2014 Contest

Winners Announced:

Grand Prize: Jane Lorenzi - Bar of Hope

Runner Up: Andrew Terrenzio and Rosie DeLuca - Public Marquette

Honorable Mention:

    • Christina Nelson
Cultural Awareness Training for students
    • Catherine Yates, Melinda Grams, Nick Deegan, Harry Hamilton, and Kevin Miller
Hometown Heroes
    • Austin Lenz, Eric Christsopherson, Connor Stoffel, and Sam Kmiec
Welding Education Program for Inmates
    • Eliana Winterbauer-Light
Letters for Younity



Event Details

How to Enter


Judging Criteria




Event Details

When: December 4th (Thursday)

Where: Raynor Library BC

Who: Open to all Marquette students (grad and undergrad)

What: Opportunity to pitch your socially innovative idea in a fast/medium pitch setting


How to Enter

    • Email Kelsey Otero ( by November 12th with your intent to apply. 
        • You only need to commit to presenting, you do not need to provide your presentation at this point in time
    • You will select a presentation-hour time slot (11, 12, 1, 2)
    • You will be notified of your presentation time and order by November 20th
    • Email your final presentation to by December 2nd


    • Teams of 2-5 or individuals; all teams must be student led; faculty advisors encouraged, not mandatory (outside advisors welcome)
    • Presentations 3-5 minutes, allowing for a quick Q & A post-presentation.  Elements such as PowerPoint, Prezi, video, or just you and no props are up to the presenter(s) & must address:
    • What is the problem?
    • What is your innovation (innovative approach) and who benefits (target population)
        • What other models or ideas are currently in practice or why are they ineffective
    • How is it actionable?
    • Demonstrate on a high level why and how this is a feasible solution

Judging Criteria
(scored on a 1-5 scale for each item)

Clarity Regarding

    • The social problem
    • The target population
    • The innovative approach

Articulation of the Social Impact

    • How is this plausible
    • How is this actionable
    • Demonstrate on a high level how this is economically feasible

**Emphasis will be placed on the idea itself and how innovative the approach is rather than the metrics and financials.  The more you know about your population, problem, and root causes, the better. 



We are working some great prizes and they will be finalized in the near future. Check back soon!


What is a Social Innovator?
Social innovators are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social innovators find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.

Resources to Explore

Need Inspiration - Check out winners from previous years



SID Contest is presented by The Kohler Center, Changemakers@MU, and the Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette.


“Ultimately, we must understand the
need to be agents of change.”       

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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