The Changemaker Challenge is a pitch competition for students who have creative and compelling ideas for positive social change. Up to $13,000 in award money is available to support the implementation of an idea, a project, or the creation of social venture that seeks to address a significant social or environmental issue. Suggested solutions can have a local, national or international focus, and may use a for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid approach. A panel of distinguished campus and community members will serve as judges for the final event. The Changemaker Challenge is organized by Students for Social Innovation (SSI), Leadership, Ethics, and Values (LEV) and Student Affairs.
A professional musician turned filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Justin Dillon is Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World, an award-winning platform that brings together consumers, organizations and businesses to disrupt the $150B business of human trafficking. Justin’s leadership as a “practitioner of change” has awakened a global movement of more than 30 million, improved laws and freed thousands of slaves. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Vatican, Fortune 500 companies, and more on issues of innovation and social justice. He is the Director of influential films—with voices like Cornel West, Questlove, Amber Valetta and Nicholas Kristof—including Call+Response and Common Dreams for CNN. Justin has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and more. His work has received many high-profile accolades including a Cannes Lion Award and a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.