Oklahoma Innovation Prize
The Oklahoma Innovation Prize awards and recognizes great ideas and creative initiatives that address improvement in quality of life issues in one’s community, state, nation or world.
Three prize categories are as follows:
High School Students (Grades 9-12) – $5,000
College Students (Ages 18-23) – $5,000
Post-Higher Education (Ages 24-35) – $10,000
Applicants: Available to Oklahoma residents in high school (Grades 9-12), college (Ages 18-23), or post-higher education (Ages 24-35).
2013 Innovation Grants Award Winners
The Curbside Chronicle, College Level
The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine sold by homeless vendors in Oklahoma City. 50% of the magazine’s content is written by the homeless and is about homelessness to increase awareness of homeless issues and improve understanding of their situation.
2012 Innovation Grants Award Winners
Victoria Washington, High School Level
Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City.
One Step Up is an interactive resource booth designed for the couch homeless. The booth would give homeless access to the resources they need such as government services, permanent voicemail, or bill payment services.
Yves Iradukunda, College Level
Yves Iradukunda is from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. Rwandans 4 Water is a non-profit established in 2008 by Oklahoma Christian University students with the mission of ending the water crisis in Rwanda by drilling clean water wells.
Craig Shook, Post Higher Education (Ages 24-30)
Craig Shook wins for his proposal for an animated series, Musimations, which teaches children how to play musical instruments.
2011 Innovation Grants Award Winners
Hip Hop + Change is a project of It’s My Community Initiative in Oklahoma City that uses hip hop to teach youth healthy decisions making, critical thinking and leadership strategies.
Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Future is a unique K-12/University partnership model of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and East Central High School in Tulsa. OSU has partnered with ECHS as a key component to make ECHS the first entrepreneurship magnet school in Oklahoma. OSU will provide faculty and guests for lectures, visiting artists, and creativity and innovation experts to work with ECHS students to increase the number of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial citizens.
The first project that the grant supported was the opportunity for the entire sophomore class at ECHS to visit OSU. Along with ECHS students, around 220 kids from other school were brought to OSU’s campus. They had a welcome by Pistol Pete and Dr. Mike Morris, head of the School of Entrepreneurship. Students then worked in teams to design “something they could wear” from a crazy materials kit that had some spaghetti noodles, material, two pieces of felt, some ribbons, sequins, beads and duct tape. They had 45 minutes to design their prototype. The students then developed a 30 second pitch for why the audience should all buy their product. The students then split into two large groups and had preliminary “pitch wars” where two teams competed against each other with a 30-second lead off and then a 15-second rebuttal. Two teams from each preliminary round competed in the finals which were the same format. The winning team was chosen by audience noise and won OSU t-shirts.
In the future, OSU will sponsor trips for high school students to attend lectures, course curriculum enhancements, and conferences. The grant is also supporting the mentor program in which OSU students are working with ECHS juniors in Entrepreneurship 2 classes on how to be mentors, training them to mentor the students who will be juniors next year. http://entrepreneurship.okstate.edu/
Reading Explorers: Decoded is a project of Public Strategies DBA Pivot Concepts of Oklahoma City that is designed to stimulate students’ interest in reading by two main strategies. First, students are encouraged to select a favorite book to summarize and recommend to other students. Second, the students are able to preview books in a visually engaging way through the technology offered through a simple black-and-white code. http://www.thereadingexplorers.com/edwards/
Life Legacy: A Lasting Impression of Wisdom was created by Mount St. Mary High School teachers in Oklahoma City to bring students together with senior citizens to document their stories with visual impressions. The program allows two teachers to collaborate with art and non-art students and social service directors to establish inter-generational communication.
Raisin’ Cain: A History of Cain’s Ballroom is a documentary by Raisin’ Cane Productions of Tulsa, released in 2011. It highlights the history and legends of Cain’s Ballroom, reveals the influence of Oklahoma musicians, and promotes Tulsa as an important part of the history of music in the United States. http://www.raisincainmovie.com/general.php?id=02
Water for One Campaign is hosted by Wishing Well of Oklahoma City. This non-profit organization is dedicated to providing sustainable water wells in poverty-stricken areas of the world. The program began at Pepperdine University as a small student led organization that focused on using the power of creativity and the potential of the community to fight the water crisis. It moved to Oklahoma Christian University in 2006, where it has grown into a movement that spans across the globe. Through fundraising and donations, Wishing Well has provided eleven countries, such as Togo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, the Philippines, Haiti, and Rwanda, with over 100 wells. With these hand dug and borehole wells, children have time to attend school instead of walking an hour just to drink infected, muddy water responsible for 80% of disease. Wishing Well has provided the future for thousands of people with only a few drops of clean drinking water.
“We found that water not only brings…freedoms to their daily lives, but it also frees their minds; it frees the human spirit; it frees entire communities to sustain themselves.” – One Drop, filmed by Chase Layman and produced by Toy Gun Films.