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Community College Innovation Challenge

The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is a prestigious, two-stage competition where community college teams use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, compete for cash awards, and earn full travel support (students and faculty) to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. Read more.


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Community College Innovation Challenge Timeline

October 18, 2017: CCIC opens. Accepting submissions;  February 14, 2018: Submissions due by 11:59 EST.

February-March: Judging;  Early April: Finalists notified and announced.

April-June: 10 finalist teams prepare for Innovation Boot Camp.  June 11-14: Innovation Boot Camp in Alexandria, Va.

June 14: First and Second Place winning teams announced on site!

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Community College Innovation Challenge
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA

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Who: Teams of 3-5 community college students with an interest in STEM, innovation and entrepreneurism; a faculty mentor and an industry partner.

When: Submit Oct. 18, 2017 - Feb. 14, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Required Innovation Boot Camp for finalists and their faculty mentor, Alexandria, Va., June 11-14, 2018.


Why: To foster development of crucial innovation and entrepreneurial skills, gain confidence, network, win prizes and make real-world change.