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Tackle society's pressing issues & earn a UC San Diego certificate


The Social Innovation Sprint is a two-day workshop + design competition where UC San Diego faculty will guide teams of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students through the design thinking process to develop solutions to pressing social issues. Key topics covered include empathizing, ideating, prototyping, marketing, and pitching. Student teams compete for $16k of prizes.

This quarter's design challenge: border issues

We will focus on addressing social, economic, political, environmental, and health related issues around the San Diego-Tijuana border region, and local experts and stakeholders will be present in order for the participants to directly assess user needs and context. The event will culminate in a pitching competition at the end of the second day. 

Future challenges

In upcoming quarters, we will challenge participants of the Social Innovation Sprint to tackle such topics as mobility, energy, transportation, education, water & food, health care, and homelessness & human trafficking.



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