Our Final 5: Ideas Challenge 2017


Wednesday, March 1 turned out to be a stormy night in Atlanta, but ATLiens turned out en masse to the first night of the inaugural Atlanta Civic Summit. The Ideas Challenge Top Ten kicked off the Summit with ten incredible presentations to the full audience and five judges.

After considerable deliberation, the judges have decided who will go on to the next round! The Top Five all receive $500 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, workspace and technical assistance with the Center for Civic Innovation, and the opportunity to apply for grants ranging from $1500 to $10,000. We’re so proud to announce these top five!


Monica Campana, Signs of Solidarity ATL - Voter Edition: This public art project will feature banners created by local artists with messages of voter empowerment.

Jean Graham, Voter Education Texts: This project will update voters via text with real time information about their polling place, candidates, and issues affecting their communities.

Phi Nguyen+Kavi Vu Young, Voter Videos: This web-based video series will educate voters (specifically those in underrepresented communities) about the issues that affect them and the importance of civic engagement.

Rhonda Patrick, Get Out the Vote Truck: This mobile (think “food truck”) education vehicle will travel to popular festivals in the Atlanta area, sharing the story of candidates, activating voters, and educating the public on Atlanta’s civic history.

Use Ufot, Civics Bootcamp: This bootcamp demystifies the political process for and educates participants on best practices and actions they can take to improve their communities.


Thank you again to our panel of judges who joined us on stage:

Milton Little, United Way of Greater Atlanta
Hala Moddelmog, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Suganthi Simon, Arthur M Blank Family Foundation
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity

Carol Waddy, Chick-fil-A Foundation


You can read more about the 2017 Ideas Challenge here