What will you create to make the City of San José an incredible place to live, work and play?

The Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge at San José State University is designed to incubate solutions to pressing social and environmental problems in the city of San José through multidisciplinary collaboration and technological innovation

The Paseo Challenge was developed by San José State University in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, Xilinx, Autodesk, the City of San José and The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Areas of focus include:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Drought
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Games and play
  • Housing
  • Mobility
  • Placemaking
  • Public Health
  • Public Interaction
  • Public Space
  • Security
  • Social Justice
  • Social Networks
  • Transportation
  • Wayfinding

Technologies and Methodologies include:

  • Big Data
  • Civic Technology
  • Creative Coding
  • Creative Placemaking
  • Design Research
  • Design Science
  • Internet of Things
  • Locative Media
  • Maker Culture
  • Open Public Data
  • Open Source Code
  • Participatory Design
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Social Networks
  • Telepresence/ VR
  • User Centered Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Wearable Technology


Student teams must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Must consist of at least 3, but not more than 5 students.

Must be composed entirely of students currently enrolled at San José State University as of Fall 2018.

Team members moving forward to the finals in Spring must be enrolled in Spring 2019 to receive awarded funds.

Must consist of students from two different colleges and three different majors at SJSU.

Teams should represent talent in multiple disciplines, leveraging their unique skill diversity for the proposed innovation. SJSU Colleges include: Humanities and the Arts, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences, Business, Education, Applied Sciences and Arts, and International and Extended Studies.

Judging Criteria

Projects selected for funding will be chosen by the following criteria:

• Does it have the potential to impact society in a positive way?

• Does it address a pressing social or environmental need in San José?

• Does it combine design and technology in a unique and innovative way?

• Does it solve a problem using expertise from multiple disciplines?

• Does it help to improve the city of San José?

Paseo Prototyping Challenge Rules and Guidelines

Follow the link below to review the extended rules and guidelines for the Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge.

The submission portal is now closed.

Congratulations to all student teams moving forward in the 2018-19 SJSU Paseo Prototyping Challenge!

Resources & Links

Follow the link below to view a list of curated resources, websites, and vendors..

Key Dates

Prototyping Events for Spring 2019

Paseo Prototyping Milestone events #1, #2, and #4 will be held in the SJSU King Library IDC Space (Innovation Design Collaborative). Milestone #3 will be held at the SJSU Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San José.

Milestone #1

Friday, February 1st, 2019 Noon - 3pm

Milestone #2

Friday, March 8th, 2019 Noon - 3pm

Milestone #3

Friday, April 12th, 2019 Noon - 3pm

Milestone #4

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 Noon - 3pm