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CCIC Innovation Challenge Submissions Due

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The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is a prestigious, two-stage competition where community college teams use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, compete for cash awards, and earn full travel support (students and faculty) to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C.

February 14, 2018: Submissions due by 11:59 EST.

February-March: Judging;  Early April: Finalists notified and announced.

April-June: 10 finalist teams prepare for Innovation Boot Camp.  June 11-14: Innovation Boot Camp in Alexandria, Va.

June 14: First and Second Place winning teams announced on site!


The CCIC is an annual event in its fourth year. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

This website contains everything teams need to get started. You can see CCIC past winners at this link.

What the Challenge Does

  • Strengthens and develops STEM thinking by applying it to solving real-world problems.
  • Creates deeper engagement and interactions between students and faculty mentors, and with the industry community, in a focused activity.
  • Expands horizons for faculty mentors and students.
  • Promotes the larger ecosystem that carries invention from idea to beneficial innovation.
  • Establishes productive relationships with NSF, AACC and industry.

The CCIC encompasses two distinct, but interrelated, stages.

Event Details

Date: February 14
Time 11:59 pm
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/communitycollege/