Do you want to solve a challenge facing your community?
Students are invited to join our second annual Shields Challenge. Teams will develop solutions to challenges in the Boston community. Solutions might be a partnership, a non-profit organization, an awareness campaign, an event, a technological solution, or something else entirely.
For each phase of the Shields Challenge, teams will submit a deliverable that prepares them for the final presentation. Along the way, students receive coaching from a member of the BC High community. Top teams will present to a panel of expert judges.
For further questions, please contact [email protected].
Build an innovation mindset as you experiment and test hypotheses.
Learn how to identify opportunities and understand needs of all stakeholders.
Practice navigating uncertainty and embracing ambiguity.
Enjoy the opportunity to connect with young alumni who are engaged in innovative work.
Prizes will be awarded throughout the competition. Each member of the winning team will be awarded a prize and also select a community-based organization to receive a donation from BC High.
First Place: Vert
Vert’s idea, utilizing vertical hydroponics, provides necessary nutrients to low-income communities who rely on fast food and less healthy options due to convenience and low price.
Second Place: The Healthy Food Initiative
The Healthy Food Initiative proposed a farmer’s market that uses leftover healthy foods from restaurants, hospitals, and grocery stores.
Our panel of expert judges included Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., president of Babson College; Raj Echambadi, Ph.D., Dunton Family Dean, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University; Jane Swift, former Massachusetts Governor and President and Executive Director of LearnLaunch; and Don Gummow ’13, Innovation & Operations Analyst at Brigham & Women’s iHub Open Innovation Studio.