How It Works


Submit community challenges

Anyone is welcome to submit a challenge.  Good challenges are clear, specific, and effect multiple community stakeholders. 

Sign-up to Participate

Ideal participant are student and professionals ready to work on collaborative teams to create real change in our community.


Participants Choose Challenges

Participants pick the top three challenges they want to work on most.  They are then placed onto teams to solve one of these challenges.


Ideation & Customer Mapping Day

Teams map ideas to solve their challenge.  They learn about stakeholder needs, and choose the solution that best solves those needs.  Throughout this day, teams will hear from experts and mentors to refine their solution.  3-5 teams will with the most impactful and feasible solutions will move on. 


Solution Testing & Validation

The top 3-5 teams will test and validate their solutions by going through UACED's virtual idea accelerator.  Teams will be paired with mentors to advise throughout this process. 


Solution Showcase

Teams will present their solutions.  Prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $5,000, $2,000, & $1,000 to the top three teams.  The winning team gets the opportunity to work with UACED to implement their idea.