Past Events

Los Angeles, CA

June 26, 2014
Location: California Endowment

1000 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.calendow.org​

 Charlotte, NC

​October 17, 2014                             Location: Shaw University

118 East South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
St. Louis, MO 63108

Website: http://www.shawu.edu

Philadelphia, PA

October 18, 2014
Location: Community College of Philadelphia

1700 Spring Garden St.. Philadelphia, PA 191303

Website: http:www.cp.edu

Social Innovation Challenge

Social innovation, activism, problem solving, thought leadership – no matter what phrase you use to describe it, there is a need to accelerate the process of generating and adopting new ideas to meet unmet societal needs.

With this in mind, last summer the Tavis Smiley Foundation partnered with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland to launch a $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge. Our goal was to help address some of society’s most pressing and complex issues in three key areas: hunger, education, and sustainability.

The inaugural challenge attracted submissions from 23 states across the nation, as well as the District of Columbia. Three winners were chosen based upon the following criteria: originality and innovation, business model approach, experience of team, potential scalability of business, potential for return on investment, and social impact.

Following is Tavis’ conversation with three winners — Alexander Moore, director of development & communications at DC Central Kitchen (partnered with Mike Curtin, CEO DC Central Kitchen); Christopher Brown, regional executive director of BUILD (partnered with Kamilla Kovacs, BUILD); and Derrius Quarles, founder of Million Dollar Scholar — about their projects and the importance of innovation.

For more information about the Social Innovation Challenge, visit: tavissmileysocialinnovator.com