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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 Prototyping 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 launching November 30th, 2018 @ SJSU!

Thanks to our generous sponsors!

Generously sponsored by Intel and the Knight Foundation, the Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge and Festival is a collaboration between San José State University, the City of San José, and our industry partners.