Learn how you can win $12,000 to empower change in Detroit at an upcoming event!

Do you have an idea that can improve the lives of Detroiters? Is it worth $12,000?

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Is there a problem or hurdle faced by fellow Detroiters that you would like to solve? If you have a desire to understand the root causes of a social problem, leverage the expertise of your Warrior community, and create a sustainable solution, then the STEAM Challenge is for you!

The Wayne State University School of Social Work and Mike Ilitch School of Business are proud to host the third annual STEAM Challenge, which brings interdisciplinary student teams together to address a social problem in our city. There are four priority areas under this year's theme of Innovating Change and Developing Solutions Towards a Just Society:

  • Promoting youth development and educational opportunities 
  • Creating employment opportunities and developing workforce solutions for individuals and groups who face barriers to finding and maintaining employment
  • Enhancing financial literacy, capabilities and inclusion for low-to-moderate income individuals and households
  • Advancing and monitoring environmental justice initiatives (i.e. clean water/air) in under-resourced communities  

The competition will include a comprehensive business development services, coaching, and mentoring support that leverages the time and talents of individuals and organizations that make up Detroit's growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

This competition is open to WSU students from any discipline with $25,000 in cash prizes split among the top 3 teams. Students will be guided through the competition by STEAM Challenge Champions and taught how to utilize business and entrepreneurship principles to solve pressing social challenges facing area Detroiters. The idea can be a product, service, technology component, an app, or other venture that will help empower social change in Detroit.

Learn more at our upcoming Social Justice Mixer on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the WSU Student Center Lower Level Stage. 


Why take part in the STEAM Challenge?

Why take part in the STEAM Challenge?

Join us Friday, November 15 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm for the Social Justice Mixer to learn more about the STEAM Challenge and gain a better understanding of the social problems they aim to address. The event will start out with subject-matter experts who will provide a brief overview of this year's Challenge themes. Following their overviews, student participants will be able to set the agenda for the rest of the event through an Open Space Technology (OST) format. The OST platform will allow student participants to begin discussing the challenges they want to address and to connect with other students across disciplines who might frame the challenges or have lived experience with the problems. At the end of the mixer, we will conduct a debrief and connect student participants with additional STEAM Challenge resources. 

Refreshments will be provided. 

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