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Past Semester Challenges

Big Data Hackathon


Students competed for $3500 in Cash Prizes

Spring 2019

Teams of SDSU, UCSD, Highschool and other students competed in a compeitition to utilize the San Deigo Smart City data sets to solve problems around Smart Living

Check Out Their Big Data Solutions

Adobe Creative Jam

Sponsored by Adobe Creative Jam

Students competed for 1 Year Free of Adobe Creative Cloud

Fall 2017

Student teams competed in a three hour design hackathon to build an app using Adobe Xd on the theme of Food Insecurity.

Check Out Their Projects!

Clean Transportation Challenge

Sponsored by SDG&E

Students competed for $5,000 in Cash Prizes

Spring 2017

This challenge gave SDSU students the opportunity to innovate with experts, collaborate on innovative ideas, and take a closer look at the way San Diego moves. Students were challenges to learn about a specific aspect of transportation, go out into the community and experience it, interview the public to understand the current use, and then present their solutions to a panel of judges. 

Zahn Challenge

Sponsored by the Zahn Family

Student compete for Cash and Resource Prizes


ZIP Launchpad teams compete in a demo day and pitch competition against each other. Members of the community are invited to attend and participate in selecting the winners.

Meet the Zahn Challenge Winners

Thinking Outside the Potato Challenge

Sponsored by the Capper Family

Students competed for $5,000 in Cash Prizes

Fall 2016

SDSU students  were inspired to innovate in a fun and thoughtful manner.  Students will applied innovation, technology and creativity to transform Mr./Mrs. Potato Head into a tool, device, accessory, art or something that connects to products in your every day life.