Accenture Innovation Challenge 2021
APPLY BY DECEMBER 18TH
Making a positive impact on society, gaining hands-on consulting experience, and networking with Accenture leaders are just a few of the perks of the Accenture Innovation Challenge. Bring your most creative ideas to life by helping our nonprofit client solve a real-life business problem. This year, Accenture is proud to partner with Covenant House, an organization that provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness across the United States.
At Accenture, we believe it is our responsibility to address some of today's most pressing societal needs with innovation and technology at the forefront. Each selected participant will be grouped into a team and paired with an Accenture mentor who will provide coaching throughout the process as you develop ideas to help shape the future of today’s youth.
This year the challenge will follow a fully virtual format with three rounds.
The first round is in January/February 2021. Participants will be assigned to a team and receive coaching from Accenture consultants. Three teams from each first round event will advance onward.
The semi-final round is in mid-March 2021. Teams will continue to expand their solutions and submit a revised presentation to Accenture judges. Four teams will be selected for the final round.
The final round is in late March 2021. Teams will present their solutions to a panel of Accenture leaders and Covenant House judges. Members of the winning team will win a cash prize of up to $5,000.
The University of Virginia undergraduate team won the 2020 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.READ THE PRESS RELEASE
“Last 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.