2016 HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge

The Making & Innovation Challenge will focus on interdisciplinary student teams from HBCUs developing a solution to a problem faced in their communities.

Program Details

2016 HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge

In support of the Administration’s recent announcement of the National Week of Making, June 17-23, and National Maker Faire, June 18-19, the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) invite you to participate in the HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge.

This challenge is designed to provide an opportunity for you to showcase the talent and innovation at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

To participate:
Check your eligibility
-Register on Challenge.gov by April 20.
-Host a Make-a-Thon on Campus: (Open to all TCUs and HBCUs) no later than April 29.
-Go to “Submit Solution” to submit a PDF or PowerPoint presentation no longer than 5 pages/slides. April 29.
-Semi-Finalists will be required to submit a video presentation via     YouTube/Vimeo.  Link must be submitted under “Submit Solution” by June 1.

Details about the challenge can be found online:


2015 HBCU Making for Change Showcase

  • The showcase will included teams from 12 participating HBCUs.  Each institution had a one or two student team. Teams can be comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. Each team should be gender balanced.
  • Each team received a starter kit of materials, tools, electronics and equipment that they would use for prototyping and solution development.
  • Each team had a mentor/coach to guide them through the design, development and prototyping process. The mentor/coaching team was comprised of faculty members, members of the local Maker community or  industry professionals.


  • To catalyze making on HBCU campuses
  • To increase participation in making and engagement in STEM of students of color.


Seven Days of Making!

Perhaps one of the most inspiring parts of the National Maker Faire was the HBCU Making for Change Showcase, an initiative developed by the United Negro College Fund, the Association