Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

“Clean Water”, winner in the “Most Creative & Socially Responsible” category.

September 23, 2011

Winners of the Innovation Challenge were announced this week in five categories: Most Economic Value, Most Creative & Socially Responsible, Most Efficient Use of Resources, Multiple Types of Value, and Best Presentation. All students enrolled in Management 101 compete in the Challenge, which is held annually in the Fall semester. Their assignment is to create as much value as possible using a common object—this year, drinking cups.

“The game forces students to jump right in to a somewhat challenging assignment in their first business course at Menlo College,” explained Dean of Business and Academic Affairs Dale Hockstra, Ph.D. “It also emphasizes innovation and creativity, two of the themes of our business program.”

For the Challenge, students are split into teams and given a week to complete the task. The purpose of the game is to teach them three things, according to Hockstra: how to work with each other, a key skill in the business world; the process of value creation, one of the main concepts in the market based economy; and that value has multiple dimensions, not just monetary value. Entries are judged by a team of Menlo faculty, librarians, and administrators.

Each member of the winning team receives a $20 Menlo College Bookstore gift certificate, which will be awarded during the Academic Success Dinner on October 21. The five winning entries will be on display in the Library until that date.

Congratulations to the following Innovation Challenge winners:

Most Economic Value:
“Cup Commercial”

Sareen Ohanian, Enrique Ortiz, Ashley Diamond, Ryan Goodman, Doug Boardman (Dr. McCabe, section 4)


Most Creative and Socially Responsible:
“Clean Water”

Mike McConnell, Anthony Roberts, Aaron Perchaz, Brent McCord, Jacob Swink (Professor Klingler, section 3)


Most Efficient Use of Resources:

Ariel Casarez, Jace Weaver, Justin Xie, Jeanette Naranjo, Amanda Martinez-Christierson (Professor Klingler, section 2)


Multiple Types of Value:

Jose Chacon, Nicole Larson, Darren Kawahara, Zach Johnson, David Moore (Dr. Alamar, section 8)


Best Presentation:
“Easy Find Jewelry”

Monica Fein, Maria Fernandez, Alex Cheung, Angelo Hudson, ChaRunn Jones, Mata Tagaloa (Dr. Alamar, section 8)