Please note that the details of this Challenge are no longer open. This challenge is awarded and is no longer accepting new submissions. You can:
Challenge GlobalMindED Challenge:  Empowering Community College Students
GlobalMindED Challenge:  Empowering Community College Students
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 295
Posted: Apr 04 2016
Challenge ID: 9933507
Team Project Rooms are available on this Challenge. Team Share Challenge Share

Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, are two-year schools that provide an affordable postsecondary education option for students from all walks of life. Although they offer a viable path to a four-year degree, the outcome for many community college students is uncertain. Only 39% of these students complete a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree within 6 years of enrollment. In order to improve this statistic, GlobalMindED seeks new approaches for increasing the mentoring and networking resources available to community college students before and after graduation. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


In the ever-changing economy of the 21st century, the need for postsecondary credentials to remain competitive in the workforce is more important than ever before. Of the undergraduate students in the United States, almost half of them are enrolled in community colleges. In addition to preparing students for transfer to 4-year institutions, community colleges provide courses for career development, skills training, and remedial learning. In order to bolster student completion rates and improve the effectiveness of support services, it is important to understand the diverse pathways that students take and how these decisions ultimately affect their outcomes. After all, the goals, needs, and life circumstances of community college students are varied, so it is essential to target the appropriate support that is most beneficial for them. Therefore, GlobalMindED seeks new approaches for increasing the mentoring and networking resources available to community college students before and after graduation. 

This is a special Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000. 

  • The winning Solver(s) of this Challenge may also be recognized at the GlobalMindED 2016 Conference in Denver, CO (June 9-10, 2016). 

  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 15, 2016. 

Late submissions will not be considered

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions by May 31, 2016; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided


GlobalMindED is the first U.S. conference of its caliber that brings first-generation college students together with educators, industry professionals, global entrepreneurs, policy makers, and the nonprofit sector to promote access and opportunity for college and workplace success. We host professional development workshops and an internship fair to benefit first-generation students and those with whom they work. The conference allows students to explore various professional opportunities and gives our partners access to top-tier students and graduates while making invaluable industry connections that will help to revolutionize education in the United States and worldwide.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

Share This Challenge