Maker Challenge

The 2019-2020 year kicked off with the Maker Challenge!

 maker challenge poster

Who: All students, all programs, across campus! 

What: Create solutions to problems facing rural communities. Part of the university-wide Grand Challenge, Rural Reimagined!

When: Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.

Where: RUC 282 (multi purpose room)

Why: Problem solve, work with a team, win money, and have fun!

The Challenge:

Rural areas are affected by a number of challenges. Some examples are:

  • Low to no access to:
  • Grocery stores and fresh produce
  • Quality physical and mental health care
  • High speed internet
  • Transportation

They are also affected by:

  • Substance abuse and opioid epidemic
  • Low inclusion and diversity
  • Lack of nutrition
  • Lack of childcare

Your challenge is to create an innovative solution to solve one or more of these problems – or a different rural challenge that we haven’t listed. Your only limitation is your creativity! We have various low resolution prototyping materials, as well as large notepads and markers – use whatever supplies you want to develop your idea. This could be a device, an app, a process, a website, a building – whatever you think is a good solution!

You have about two and a half hours to:

  • Form your team (you may also work alone, but remember, more people=more ideas!)
  • Design and create a representation of your solution
  • At 8 p.m. all teams will present to judges
  • The winning team will get a $1000 scholarship!!!

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