Global Idea Exchange
The NYU Global Idea Exchange allows NYU students from around the world to form teams and collaborate on a challenge question about cities. Running on the OpenIdeo platform, the competition took place between Oct 1-Nov 27, 2012 and the winning teams will refine their ideas with professors and mentors in Shanghai over spring break in 2013.
Code for Change (CFC)
Between Sept 28-Oct 12, 2012, NYU Wagner hosted Code for Change. This competition was about using technology to solve some of NYC’s most pressing social problems, with challenges posed by local nonprofits and government agencies. The process included a two-week collaboration period for teams to develop their solutions and prototypes.
grand prize winners from Code for Change 2012
Applications for Good
Applications for Good works to empower web, mobile, and game developers to build to meet challenges faced by the underserved across platforms and devices. They help present real world challenges to designers and developers through competitions, supporting independent developers, and producing apps. Their three projects are Code for Change, Apps to Empower, and Applications for Good.
Previously called the Hult Global Case Challenge, the Hult Prize is a startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship open to college/university students worldwide. Each year a social challenge is presented, and selected participants receive a detailed case study that includes the question their team needs to address. Regional winners move on to an accelerator, where they develop their social enterprise. When the accelerator is complete, the idea is “investment ready” and the teams present at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in NYC. The winning team receives one million dollars, which is seeded into a new company formed by the team.
The Rootstock team was selected as Regional Finalists for the Hult Prize, Clinton Global Initiative Challenge out of 10,000 applicants to compete in San Francisco for $1,000,000 in seed capital.
Fels Public Policy Challenge
This challenge is modeled after MBA business plan competitions: student teams develop a policy proposal and civic campaign plan to achieve significant change in their community. The proposals are judged by the potential impact, feasibility, quality of written preparation, and quality of oral presentation.
NYU Wagner team Kinvolved won the Fels Public Policy Challenge in 2012
Ideas City, New Museum
Previously called the Festival of Ideas, Ideas City is a biennial festival created to explore the future city and to effect change. It was founded by the New Museum as a collaboration between downtown arts, education, and community organizations and is meant to harness the power of the creative community to “imagine our collective future.” Previously, the festival included lectures and workshops with mayors, architects, artists, and tech experts and featured 100 model products/practices for a better city from organizations and small businesses. There were also hundreds of independent projects and events drawing over 70,000 participants.