Congratulations to the 2017 Grand Prize winner: Sisters of Nia

What is ReinventEd?

ReinventEd is a competition organized by the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento to support innovation and ingenuity in education that revolutionizes how people learn, teach, and organize learning environments.

What type of projects are you looking for?

Entries may be:

  • a new educational product
  • a way of delivering curriculum
  • a new organizational model
  • an interesting way to incentivize learning
  • a digital solution for learning problems
  • a resource for parents
  • unique after school program
  • or almost anything that promotes teaching and learning

The competition is an opportunity to share your innovative project to a large audience of your peers and investors, with the prospect of winning a cash prize to support its development. The scope of the competition is intentionally broad to attract innovators from all walks of life, as long as the project pertains to education.

How does it work?

  • In the first round, participants will submit their projects online from April 16 through June 1, 2017. Information about your project, team and organization will be published in our online directory of innovative projects.

  • About 10 teams will be selected as semi-finalists. They will be invited to pitch their project to a panel of judges at the California Teacher's Summit at Sacramento State on July 28, 2017. There will be about 600 people in the audience, and media. Register to attend the free summit.

  • Based on their performance at the semi-final competition, the best teams will be selected to present their improved pitches during the CelebratED event on September 28, 2017. 

What kinds of projects will be considered?

  • The idea has to be fresh, scalable, and related to education. Scalability is important: your project should have the potential to work in mass segments of education, even if it began in selective institutions.

  • The projects have to be more than just an idea, but less than a full-blown program or a profitable business. If it is a start-up, it has to be at an early stage. If it is a non-profit project, it cannot be receiving significant funding. If it is a school-based project, it may not yet be implemented in many other schools. 

Who can participate?

  • Any team of 2 or more individuals, inside or outside of formal education, can participate. They do not have to be members of the same organization; partnerships are welcome. 

  • There are no restrictions on age, location or occupation of the participants.

  • Teams will have to pay for their travel to Sacramento on two occasions, if selected.

  • Sac State's College of Education faculty are not eligible to participate, but COE students are encouraged to submit their ideas.

Who will be the judges and what do the winners get?

  • Sacramento State faculty and staff will be the judges for the initial online round.

  • The second round on July 28 will be judged by prominent educators and community members.

  • The ultimate winner will be recognized and awarded a $5,000 prize. Other sponsored prizes may be available to other finalists.