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Social Innovation Challenge- Future of Work and Environmental Sustainability

Thursday, January 13, 2022 to Monday, January 17, 2022
5:00 pm to 11:45 pm

We are challenging students to seek human centered solutions that utilize technology to make a positive impact on local and global communities. We ask that students from across disciplines put ethics at the center of innovation and ideate for the greater good. This challenge is sponsored by WPI's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, In collaboration with WPI's Humanities & Arts Department.

This five day event will encompass a team matching networking event, mentoring hours and skill building workshops leading into the challenge submission followed by a winner announcement virtual celebration.

NOTE: You do not need a team to apply. Our intro session held on Thursday January 13th will include a speed networking activity to assist in building or adding to your team*. Team size can range from 2-4 students.


There will be two tracks to the Social Innovation Challenge - choose the one that best matches your interest:

  1. 1Future of work:How can workers gain knowledge and learn the skills needed to access jobs in the new economy? How do automation and digitization impact income inequality? How can workers from all backgrounds benefit from technological innovations in the world of work? Technological solutions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas: Human robot teams; meaning of work; digital workplaces; education technology; algorithmic accountability; skills training.
  2. 2Environmental Sustainability: How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable and recyclable? How can communities sustainably protect, manage and restore their local ecosystems? How can the transportation sector impact sustainability? Technological solutions may address, but are not limited too, the following areas: Water, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Transportation and Ecosystems.

For additional information, please visit Social Innovation Challenge event page.