Accenture Innovation Challenge 2020

Providing college students from across the U.S. an opportunity to offer ideas and solutions to support a priority goal of a nonprofit organization.

Congrats, winners!

We’re pleased to announce that the University of Virginia undergraduate team has won this year’s U.S. Accenture Innovation Challenge. Congratulations Maxwell St. John, Danielle Romeo, Sebastian Wasinger, and Lorena Tabrane!

The winning proposal entails the creation of an image database of plastic pollution in waterways and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze and sort image data. The project included the creation of a portal to support collaboration among Waterkeeper volunteers and the creation and tracking of community-based efforts including location-specific plastic pollution removal plans.


2020 highlights

“This year’s Challenge showcased doing well and doing good and responsible business, combining ideas and cutting-edge technology such as AI software for the common purpose of making a cleaner and healthier planet,” said Marty Rodgers, senior managing director of Accenture’s U.S. south region.

Do well by doing good

The Accenture Innovation Challenge affords students the opportunity to help solve a non-profit challenge. This year, we’re proud to partner with Waterkeeper Alliance, which strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water.


Work on a consulting-style team and receive coaching from an Accenture mentor


Advance through all three rounds of competition by pitching your solution to Accenture and client leadership


The winning team will walk away with $5000 and Accenture summer internship offers

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