Changemaker Challenge 2024
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Greetings! We’re excited that you’re applying to the 2024 BU Changemaker Challenge. 

Each year, Innovate@BU hosts a recurring competition designed to harness the ingenuity of the BU student community to create positive change in Boston.  This year, Innovate@BU is calling upon BU Terriers to put their heads together and propose their strongest solution to solve "How do we build a climate resilient City of Boston?".  

Innovate@BU believes that....

  • Boston Terriers have the opportunity to make a real impact in the City of Boston by bringing their professional and lived experiences to the table. For this Challenge, all solutions must be focused within the City of Boston. (Here are the neighborhoods that comprise the City).
  • Climate change disproportionately affects marginalized communities in the City of Boston and to truly build a climate resilient city, we must come to this work with a climate justice lens (resource #1; resource #2)
  • Each idea is a chance to deepen your entrepreneurial mindset and that mindset includes understanding: your first solution may not be your destination (it's okay to pivot!!!); diverse perspectives will help you reach a stronger solution; and it’s a plus to push your thinking toward outside-of-the-box solutions.

Want to see all the available resources to expand your awareness and strengthen your application? Check out our website.

We look forward to seeing your innovative solutions! Apply by January 26, 2024 11:59PM USA Eastern Time

The Innovate@BU Team

Teams must have at least one current BU degree-seeking student or a BU class of 2022 alumni who:

  • Is the team lead or co-founder,
  • Plays a key role in the idea, and
  • Will take part as one of the main presenters in each competing round.

Teams may include non-BU members as long as the previous requirement is met.

You do not need a team to apply.

You may not submit multiple ideas.

Ideas must focus on the City of Boston.

All applications must be submitted by January 26, 2024 11:59PM USA Eastern Time

By submitting this application, you are committing to being present at the semi-finals on February 22, 2024 (4PM-8PM) and finals on March 7, 2024 (4PM-8PM).