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What will you create?

The San José State University Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge was created to address social and environmental challenges in the city of San José through multidisciplinary collaboration and technological innovation.

During the Paseo challenge, student teams at San José State University are selected and provided seed funding to develop civic innovation prototypes to serve the city of San José and its citizens. Students are mentored by civic leaders, local non-profits and SJSU faculty during a 9-month civic prototyping challenge.

During our inaugural 2016-17 Paseo Challenge 16 student teams presented their completed prototypes and technologies addressing critical issues to San José including homelessness, drought, food, energy, safety, pollution, public space, transportation and unemployment.

Culminating prototypes were shared with the public at the Paseo Public Prototyping Festival – an arts, culture and technology festival and awards ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center, April 7th – 8th , 2017 in downtown San José.

The Paseo Public Prototyping Festival featured art/ technology exhibitions, innovative speakers, live performances and a maker space focused on art and technology, science and engineering, placemaking and civic engagement.

Join us for the 2018-19 Paseo Challenge launch in November @ SJSU!

Events & Exhibitions

Explore our event and exhibitions, speakers and artists, student organization and prototyping teams all presenting at the Paseo Public Prototyping Festival.

ZERO1: American Arts Incubator

Saturday, April 7th & 8th | SJSU Hammer Theatre Center Upper and Lower Lobby

ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network will present workshops, exhibitions and projection mapping by artists from their American Arts Incubator (AAI), an international creative exchange program.

LAST Festival: Talks and panels

Saturday, April 8th | 11am–4pm | SJSU Hammer Theatre Center Main Stage

The 4th L.A.S.T. (Life Art Science Technology) festival celebrates the confluence of art with the new media technologies and nascent sciences that are transforming sociality and experience in the 21st century…

Spartan Superway

Saturday, April 8th | 10am–5pm | Hammer Theatre Center/ Theatre Plaza

The Spartan Superway project team will present a one-twelfth scale solar-powered, automated transit network model…

Okada Design and Alum Rock Educational Foundation

Saturday, April 8th | 12pm–8pm | SJSU Hammer Theatre Center Café

Come to our playful pop-up makerspace and explore game design using both physical materials and digital tools…

Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge Awards

SJSU students participating in the Paseo Prototyping Challenge are eligible to win up to $10,000 in awards and prizes for their winning civic innovation prototypes.

1st Place = $5,000

2nd Place = $3,000

3rd Place = $2,000