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Community College Innovation Challenge


Are you a student trying to recruit a team? Are you a teacher, family member or friend of a student who would be perfect for entering CCIC? Do you attend a college who has a team or teams entering and want to help support your school? Below are some resources that may help you get the word out!


Download the Community College Innovation Challenge Handbook at this link. (PDF)

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The Community College Innovation Challenge Returns!

The National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges have teamed up for the 4th annual Community College Innovation Challenge! We are asking teams of three-five community college students, alongside a faculty mentor and community/industry partner, to submit innovative solutions to real-world problems. These can be local to global concerns - and anything in between!

This year's #CCIChallenge is open to all areas of STEM. The 10 finalist teams will attend a four-day Innovation Boot Camp on June 11-14, 2018, in Alexandria, Va. where teams learn about innovation and design thinking, entrepreneurship, business planning, strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and more. While at the boot camp, teams will compete for cash prizes and showcase their project and college on Capitol Hill, while engaging with members of Congress and other dignitaries.

Student team members will receive $1,500 each for first-place teams and $1,200 each for second-place teams. The 2017-2018 CCIC opened Oct. 18, 2017, and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 14, 2018. Also, all finalist faculty mentors will receive a $500 honorarium at the Innovation Boot Camp. Submit your entry today.

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

Follow #CCIChallenge

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.