Problems That Matter

Author: IDEA Center


On September 24th, the IDEA Center and Notre Dame's Design for America group hosted a 10-hour spring for our local entrepreneurial community. During Problems That Matter, 12 problems were introduced to 40 participants, working to form teams and create solutions they saw within their communities. Students, community members, and high school students could come together for a 10-hour sprint to develop solutions that were a force for good in the Michiana area and compete for cash prizes. This year's panel of judges included: Soraya Hernandez, Anthony Esplin and Rob Rucki. The standings from this year's event are as follows:

1st Place: General Debauchery (Revitalizing the board games industry with a game by Gen Z, for Gen Z. Team consists of 3 team members, 2 of which are IDEA Center Fellows)

2nd Place: C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc. (Working to connect women in low-income and domestic violence survivors with resources to build up women in entrepreneurship. Team consists of a member of the South Bend Community)

3rd Place: Routora (Route optimization navigation software. Team consists of a current Notre Dame student) 

We are incredibly grateful for those who came out and are working to make an impact within the Notre Dame and Michiana communities. We recognize that the entrepreneurial community is strong and look forward to helping this community grow through these types of events in the future.