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Introducing the Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge provides SEEP members with the opportunity to share promising innovations that are still in early stage implementation and that relate to the conference theme and technical tracks. The objective is to bring visibility to emerging approaches while prompting reflection and dialogue. Innovations are presented through interactive poster sessions that solicit direct feedback from conference participants.

How does it work?

Day 1: Present your poster


Training Expo

Like an academic poster session, finalists will design and present a formal poster showcasing their innovation. Poster boards will be displayed in gallery style in the Exhibit Hall on the first day of the Conference for participants to visit and engage with the innovators.



On day two, each finalist will perform a timed, 7-minute innovation pitch with the poster displayed on large screens to Conference participants in an open plenary session. Audience members will use a digital polling tool to rate and evaluate each innovation and determine the overall winner of the Challenge.

How do I get my innovation selected?

Proposals for the Innovation Challenge will be collected in the form of Abstracts that will be selected according to the following criteria:

1. Recognition of a specific problem or challenge

    What is the problem you are trying to solve, and why is it important?

2. Ideation of a creative solution or novel idea that addresses a problem or seizes an opportunity

    What is the proposed solution, and how does the solution address barriers to resilience?

3. Implementation that tests, adapts and evaluates the innovation

    What evidence do you have that demonstrates the innovation supports, leads to, or fosters resiliency?

4. Diffusion of successful innovations - taking them to scale and promoting their wider use

    What are the factors that demonstrate scalability of the innovation?

5. Relation to the conference themes

    How does the innovation advance the conference theme?

Submit your abstract and share your innovation

Applicants must complete and submit a one-page abstract (500 words or less) through the Innovation Challenge Abstract submission form by Friday, May 31. There may only be one applicant per proposal, and each applicant must come from a SEEP member organization in good standing. Not a member, but interested in joining SEEP? Contact us at

The Conference Advisory Committee will review the proposals and select five that best meet the criteria outlined above. The authors of accepted and rejected abstracts will be informed during the week of July 1. All finalists must acknowledge complete understanding of and adhere to SEEP's presenter policies.


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