Past Challenges


 2014 – Driving Change in Detroit

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The 2014 partner was Detroit Future City (DFC), which is leading implementation of the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive plan to achieve fiscal sustainability and improve quality of life for all Detroiters. The Challenge focused on strategies to improve transportation access for Detroit’s neighborhoods.

Ken Cockrel, Jr., Executive Director of the DFC Implementation Office and former Mayor of Detroit, delivered the keynote address.

Teams were judged by a panel of Detroit leaders and content experts, including:

  • Dan Kinkead – Director of Projects, Detroit Future City Implementation Office
  • Rev. Joan Ross – Director, Greater Woodward Community Development Corporation
  • Andy Didorosi – President & Founder, Detroit Bus Company
  • Dr. Larry Gant – Professor, U-M School of Social Work, School of Art & Design
  • Susan Zielinski – Professor, U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, and
    Managing Director, SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation)
  • Rishi Moudgil – Managing Director, Center for Social Impact


The top $2,500 prize went to team Le Rouge: Matthew Nahan (MSW ’14), Douglas Smith (MUP ’15), Sarah-Jane Caban (MBA ’14), and Noelle Polaski (MPP’15)

Madeline Ong, a Ross School of Business Management and Organizations PhD student, is investigating approaches and techniques for social change strategies. Read her article, Preparing a Persuasive Pitch: Insights from the 2014 Social Impact Challenge.