Changemaker Challenge 2014-2015

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.

We are excited to begin our second year of “Food for Life” as the theme for the Changemaker Challenge. Everyone is invited to a year-long process of thinking about the role that food plays in our daily lives and to develop new ideas addressing issues around food production and consumption. It seems to be a moment of contradictions when some people confront food deserts while others experience abundance, challenging us to learn, to dialogue and to develop proposals for our communities, locally and abroad, to have positive food experiences, to increase access to healthy food and to produce less food waste This year our community is invited to submit videos, graphic visual representations, or other info-graphic designs to showcase their idea. These 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. All awards will be given at our Earth Day Celebration on April 21 12:15-2pm at SLP Plaza Mayor.

Download the list of events scheduled for Spring 2015. Download the Rules and Eligibility for the Challenge. Take a look at last year’s Judges Award winning video and see how Shannon Schumacher’s idea became a reality.



Spring 2015
Wednesday, February 18 

Film Screening: Food Chains
UC Room 103 A/B, 5:30pm
Watch the Movie Trailer
In partnership with Sustainability

Thursday, March 19
USD Chopped Cooking Competition
Plaza Mayor, front of SLP
Learn more or register to compete
In partnership with Dining Services

Tuesday, March 24
Putting A Video Entry Together- Workshop
Maher 114, 12:30-1:30pm
Learn more
In partnership with Media Services

Tuesday, March 24 
Ethical Food Consumption- Panel 
UC Forum C, 6:00pm
Learn more, Register
In partnership with Kroc School of Peace Studies and Center for Educational Excellence

April 8
Deadline for Submissions
April 15
Finalists announced; Public voting begins
April 21
Awards Ceremony

important dates



how to enter

The deadline for submission is April 8, 2015.
To submit your idea you must prepare a two minute video, graphic visual representation or an info-graphic design to showcase your  idea including the following:
1. What is the idea to address the challenge?
2. How does the idea contribute to address the challenge?
3. How is the idea feasible? Is it actionable?
4. What is the expected impact of the idea? How will it make a difference?
In the spring there will be a series of seminars on how to produce a video. There will be sessions where an expert will work with you on the video.




  • A panel of judges that includes USD faculty/staff, Changemaker Challenge Council members, and community innovators will select the 10 best proposals to compete for a $6,000 pool of prize money.
  • The USD community will vote online for their favorite ideas, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool.
  • $6000 more in awards.

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

Elisa Sabatini, Via International
Haney Hong, HDH & Associates, LLC
Janine Schooley, Project Concern International
Jeremy Pearl, Jewish Community Foundation
Joon Han, Better San Diego
John Hoyos, PhD student, USD School of Nursing
Josephine Bennet ’81, U.S. Bank
Lynn Sharpe-Underwood, Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention SD
Sonny Thadani, USD Parent Corps
Tara Ceranic, USD Assistant Professor of Social and Legal Research
Yogesh Sayanaka, USD Net Impact Club President






Ready to submit your idea? Register here.