Problems That Matter


Location: Innovation Park Room 109

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Have a problem that you want to solve?


How do you make sure you're addressing the right problem? Who needs it solved? Who else is tackling this problem?

Problems that Matter is a fast-paced, cross-functional, creative, human-centered event to deep dive into an issue you really care about solving.

This 10-hour Sprint gives you time and guidance to create a thorough pitch deck.

If you don’t have an idea yet but want to be part of a dynamic group, come and join a team during the event to gain valubale exprience and teamwork skills!

Teams ready to pitch ideas on Saturday afternoon will be competing for cash prizes!

What to expect at the Day-long Event

  • Reviewing human-centered design principles

  • Gaining empathy for potential users + discovering their unmet needs

  • Gathering research and finding contradictions in the market

  • Defining problem statement

  • Analyzing current solutions

  • Determining economic value

  • Clarifying new value proposition

  • Planning next steps


Open to ND, St. Mary's Students, Local High School Students and Community Members in of St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties

Participants looking to join in on the fun must RSVP here.