What is the selection process for Student Impact Challenge finalists and semifinalists?

Applications will be reviewed and vetted for selection by the SXSW EDU team, who will select a cohort of finalists and semifinalists for the competition. Applications are evaluated on many factors, but selections are generally based on the following criteria: Creativity & Innovation (How original and groundbreaking is this solution?), Project Clarity (Is the problem that the project is addressing clear? Does the project or initiative offer a clear solution to the problem? How established is the project or initiative?), Potential for Impact (Does the project have a proven record of impact? What is the project’s potential for solving or mitigating the impact of social, economic, or environmental issues?), and Perspective (What unique perspective does the leadership team bring to the project? How does their unique perspective and skillset contribute to the success of the project or initiative?).

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