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The Unwiring  ReDesign Challenge 

The ReDesign Challenge is an opportunity for high school students to propose ideas for  redesigning today's social 

 media platforms  to promote a healthier user experience.

The 2024 ReDesign Challenge offered $3k in cash prizes for 9-12 grade students across the U.S. to propose ideas for redesigning today's social media platforms.

 

Here's a glimpse into what we heard.

The theme, or prompt, for this challenge was:

 What is the change you wish to see in social media? 

 Think: algorithms, business model, design features, etc.!

 Results 

Gold – "Change-Maker" for  $500 

  • Yenifer Herrera

  • Aileen Moreno

  • Annabelle Tornio

Silver – "Tech Activist" for  $250 

  • Matia Lou Rademacher

  • Colette Fort

  • Andrew Schnitter

Bronze – "Innovator" for  $125 

  • Harper Roberts

  • Maggie Gu

  • Ayal Englander

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Submission Details

Think about the current designs of various social media platforms: Instagram, TikTok, Twitter (X), Snapchat, and Youtube. What harmful features do these platforms utilize? In what ways can we change them to be less addicting, polarizing, or misleading — and recenter social media around connection? Should connection be the purpose of social media, or do you believe in a different use for it? We want your ideas.

Submit a video no longer than 3 minutes.

 Content 

Ensure that you...

  • Share your name

  • Describe the challenges of a certain experience with social media

  • Propose how you would alter the platform to create a more positive user experience

    • Note: we recommend focusing on only ONE of the apps listed​ above

 Delivery 

  • Filmed horizontally

  • Good lighting

  • Include other materials (i.e. graphics or drawings) in the second File Upload of the submission form

If you have any questions, please email us at hello@unwiring.org.

 Where to Start 

Here are resources to get inspired...​

  • The CFHT's Change-Making Framework: complex problems can be fought across levels. From politics, to the business model, to specific platform changes — here are different lenses for social media reform.

  • Unwiring's Topics Overview: a slideshow that outlines the inner-workings, psychology, and impacts of social media.

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Prizes

  1. Gold – "Change-Maker":  $500  for 3 winners

  2. Silver – "Tech Activist":  $250  for 3 winners

  3. Bronze  "Innovator":  $125  for 3 winners

  4. Special Recognition   $25  for 15 winners

Judging: the submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria...

  • 50% Impact – the idea is insightful and thoughtfully addresses a current issue

  • 40% Actionable – the idea is specific, feasible, and practical to implement

  • 10% Quality & Effort – the speaker showed interest and care in their video submission

For a more detailed rubric, please click here.

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Process Details

Timeframe:

The ReDesign Challenge submission period will open on November 1st and ideas can be submitted until February 16th at 11:59pm.

Awards winners will be announced in mid-March, with the exact date to be shared with all participants soon after the submission deadline.​

Eligibility:

All high school students (9-12 grade) in the U.S. are eligible to participate in the ReDesign Challenge.

Intellectual Property:

In submitting my idea to the ReDesign Challenge, I consent to the possibility of being interviewed and/or having my work featured in an article/post/video/presentation to tech executives. Nothing shared will be used for any commercial purposes by Unwiring.

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