The annual, campus-wide Do Good Challenge inspires students to pursue fearless ideas, spark innovative solutions, and create social impact for today's most pressing problems. Students from across campus spend the academic year working to make a difference for the issues, ideas, and communities they care about. The Challenge culminates with six teams pitching their project or venture and the impact they've made for the chance to win a share of more than $20,000.  

Timeline and Details

Registration Opens: January 28, 2018

To compete in the Do Good Challenge, you must register, before. You will create a registration profile with your team logo, a description of the project or venture, a list of your team members, and selected social issue. Click here to see registration profiles of current teams. 

Applications Due: March 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Teams submit an application (previously Final Report) to provide information about the project or venture accomplishments, activities, and impact. The application includes information about your team type, team track, social issue, and activities. You’ll also need to know information about each of your team members, such as class standing, majors/minors, graduation year, and more. 

Semi-Finals: April 11, 2019

Applications are reviewed and scored by a panel of judges. Between 10-15 Semi-Finalists may be selected. Teams selected as Semi-Finalists must prepare a slide deck presentation and present a 5 minute pitch with 5 minute Q&A session at the Do Good Challenge Semi-Finals. Semi-Finals will take place in the STAMP Student Union.

Showcase and Finals: April 25, 2019

Between 6-8 teams will be selected to be featured during the Showcase. Six finalists will deliver a 5-minute pitch in front of an audience of 700+ followed by a Q&A with a panel of field expert judges.


  • First Place: $5,000
  • Second Place: $2,500
  • Third Place: $1,000
  • Audience Choice Award: $2,500
  • Showcase Choice Award: $750


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Questions? Contact us at dogoodchallenge@umd.edu.