San Diego Teens Solving the City’s Biggest Problems

| July 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

For the first time in two-plus years, Whatever It Takes (WIT) is hosting an in-person event for teens in San Diego. This three-Day Hackathon event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20, and is part of the Camp WIT program that is focused on providing teens a chance to use their voices, share their ideas, and make a difference. At past hackathon events, San Diego teens have come up with solutions to homelessness, youth trafficking, education inequity and more. 

Currently WIT is accepting applications and interviewing teens for the 50 available spots. The selected teens get the chance to work with local teens to create a solution to a problem facing San Diego. Teens will work together for three days and then pitch their solution to a panel of judges and a chance at $1000. Participants will also receive certification from UCSD Research Affairs Office of Innovation and Commercialization. 

Sarah Hernholm, founder of WIT, shared “We are excited to get teens together in-person at such an inspiring location and give them a chance to share their innovative ideas. These events bring teens from all walks of life together and often their ideas end up getting implemented.” 

Tuition cost is $500 and financial aid and scholarships are available. The event is conveniently located by a trolley stop. To learn more, visit

This event is being hosted at UCSD Design and Innovation Building in partnership with UCSD Research Affairs Office of Innovation and Commercialization.  Sponsors include UCSD Research Affairs and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

At a previous event, students shared in discussion about issues that need innovative ideas.

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