Community Partners

Applications for our winter challenge are now closed.

If you are interested in participating in our Fall 2021 competition, please fill out the survey through the link below. 

How does it work?

After bringing students together into cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams, students will meet with your organization to gather information and context and learn about the challenges you are facing. They will be connected with mentors who will assist in the identification and development of the team’s solution to your challenge. The team will put together an online presentation, sharing their proposed solution to your issue. Presentations will be judged (including feedback from you) and the top teams will receive additional feedback and mentoring before going on to a final round of the competition. 

What we expect from you

  • We will need you to come up with a problem/challenge for a student group to solve – ideally a real-world challenge that your organization is currently facing  
  • We expect there to be an approximate time commitment of 15-20 hours  from late January to late March 2021, including: 
    • An initial meeting with the team(s) to provide them with an overview of your organization and to explain the particular issue/challenge you are facing 
    • 2-3 follow up meetings to answer questions and provide guidance as needed 
    • A meeting for the team’s presentation of their solution 
  • We would ask that there be a dedicated point of contact in your organization for the student team. We will make the initial introductions between you and the student groups. After that, it is the students’ responsibility to communicate with the organization. 

Community Partner Guide

For more details about what to expect and how you will be working with students, click here to access our Community Partner Guide.

Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

Students laughing and working

What to expect from students

This challenge will be a very unique experience for all parties involved and we are so excited for our students to be part of a solution for your organization. Since you will be working with students, it's a good idea to get an understanding of the expectations we have for students in advance to guide your feedback. Check out the Student section of our website to get an understanding of our expectations of students as well as the judging criteria for the actual competition. 

Challenge Timeline

This is the tentative schedule for our winter challenge and is subject to change. 

Jan 27, 2021

Mentor Training with Victoria Hirsche and Kevan Coyle

*This session is for mentors only


Feb 1, 2020

The challenge officially starts!

Workshop #1: Challenge Kick-off and Intercultural Competencies, 11 AM-1 PM MST 

Mandatory real-time attendance for all students


Feb 4, 2021

Workshop #2: Innovating for Impactful Projects, 1 PM - 3 PM MST 

Back up session: Feb 5 from 9 am – 11 am MST 

Zoom link in D2L


Feb 11, 2021

Workshop #3: Building a Strong Team,  3PM - 4PM MST

Back up session: Feb 12 from 9 AM – 10 AM MST 

Zoom link in D2L


Feb 23, 2021

Workshop #4: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, 4 PM - 5 PM MST 

Back up session: Feb 24 from 10 AM – 11 AM MST 

Zoom link in D2L

Mar 3, 2021

Workshop #5:  Intercultural Capacity Building, 3 PM - 4 PM MST 

Zoom link in D2L


Mar 5, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Video Submissions Due


Mar 8, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Presentations

Day 1

2-4PM MST


Mar 9, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Presentations

Day 2

2-4PM MST


Mar 10, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Presentations

Day 3

2-4PM MST

Mar 15, 2021

Work Week!

Finalists are given a week to take feedback from the semi-finals and apply it to their products before the final presentations.


Mar 15, 2021

Workshop #6:  Professional Applications of Challenge Work,10 PM - 11 PM MST  

Back up session: March 17 from 2 PM – 3 PM MST 

Details to come


Mar 23, 2021

Final Video Submissions Due


Mar 25, 2021

Final Presentations

11-1PM MST