The New School launched a school-wide ideas competition, New Challenge, in Spring 2012. New Challenge expands opportunities for students to realize their ideas and to take them to the next level of implementation. Building on The New School’s commitment to learning through action, New Challenge helps students develop as changemakers and lead real change in the world. As a campus-wide platform, New Challenge strengthens community across the university, enriching learning and opportunities for creative collaborations.
New Challenge is an annual ideas competition for students who are committed to working on social and environmental challenges on a local or global scale in innovative ways. Reflecting The New School’s diverse and creative community, New Challenge encourages students to submit entries of all types, including ideas for new products or services, social ventures, policy-oriented initiatives, performance projects, documentary films, technology apps, game design, etc. New Challenge winners’ endeavors have spanned a wide range of issues, including prison reform, food justice, gentrification, eco-transportation, domestic violence, education, and infectious diseases. New Challenge projects have been implemented in various locations including, the South Bronx and Williamsburg in NYC, as well as eastern Europe, Liberia, Cambodia, Colombia, and Honduras.