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Johns Hopkins names 11 Idea Lab challenge winners addressing community needs

The Baltimore Business Journal

June 12, 2017


Johns Hopkins University will fund 11 community projects focused on diversity and the environment as part of the school’s annual Idea Lab challenge.

This is the third year Hopkins has hosted Idea Lab, in which students and staff can submit project proposals for consideration. A crowdsourced voting platform is used to determine the funding winners. This year’s projects focused on three categories: individual excellence, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. Winners will receive between $2,000 and $25,000 each.

Five proposals will be funded due to receiving the highest number of online votes. This round, 59 proposals were submitted and more than 4,000 Hopkins students, faculty and staff cast roughly 8,500 votes to determine the winners. And another six proposals were selected by a special committee.

Five projects will be supported as part of Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels’ Ten by Twenty Challenge, which emphasizes individual excellence and helping students and faculty “tap into the power of their full potential, here on campus or beyond.”

The winners are: