Changemaker Challenge

The Changemaker Challenge invites students, faculty and staff to employ imagination, hard work, and passion to generate ideas for addressing a current social challenge proposed to us by leaders from the San Diego/Tijuana region.

This year our community is invited to submit a two-minute video to showcase their idea. You can submit your idea by November 18, 2016. The top six video entries will compete for a $6,000 more in awards. People are invited to vote online for their favorite idea, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool. Download the Rules and Eligibility for the Challenge.

Check out the 2015  “Water: Tap Into Your Ideas” Winners here.


Changemaker Challenge Council 2016
A selected group of leaders in deep social engagement from non-profit and for profit sectors proposed this year’s social issues for our community.

Adina Batnizky, PhD, USD Associate Professor of Sociology
Daniel Roderick,
MA student, USD School of Nursing
Elisa Sabatini, Via International
Haney Hong, HDH & Associates, LLC
Janine Schooley, Project Concern International
Joon Han, Better San Diego
Josephine Bennet ’81, U.S. Bank
Rasto Ivanic, President & CEO at GroupSolver, Inc.
Sonny Thadani, USD Parent Corps
Stephanie Brown, Principal, Montgomery Middle School





Ready to submit your idea? Register here.