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Social Innovation Challenge: Round One Judging

Missed our first post about the Social Innovation Challenge? Read it here first!

As I mentioned in a recent post, after the website to submit applications opened, the community responded with a flurry of activity. When all was said and done 46 days later, we had 40 completed applications to read and evaluate.

Round One judging was based on written applications submitted online. Ideas were judged on five criteria—social impact, break-through potential, feasibility, sustainability, and scalability. Additionally, their plan to use the $50,000 of funding, were they to win, was also taken into consideration.

We had a dedicated team of people who diligently read applications, provided comments, and scored each application based upon the criteria with support from the United Way team. Our judges included community leaders that see childhood hunger from a wide variety of lenses including healthcare, education, legal, and nonprofit perspectives.

After the scoring and commenting was complete, the judges met to discuss the applicants and concluded that it would be hard to limit the semi-finalists to 10 as had originally been planned, so twelve ideas advanced to the next round.

The ideas that are part of the next round include apps developed by students and different ways of getting fresh vegetables into food deserts. There are new funding models, education programs, and grass roots efforts to address this issue. There are exciting ideas from educators, entrepreneurs, and individuals in the community that look at the root causes and think about new ways of attacking this issue.

The response from the community has been wonderful, and we’re so excited for the second round of judging! Round two includes in person pitches at the end of July, so stay tuned to find out which ideas will move into the final round.