Challenge Sponsor

Mines Global Future Initiative (GEFI) and the Innov8x have teamed up to bring you the Global Energy Future Innovation (GEFI) Forum & Innov8x Challenge. The challenge event brings together Mines students, faculty, staff, and a world-class list of industry problem sponsors.  Problem sponsors will supply students with challenges, that will push their skills to brainstorm innovative ideas by genuinely identifying the beneficiaries (people who would benefit when the problem is solved) and the innovation needed to successfully solve a presented challenge.

Submit your application below in this form. The Mines Global Energy Future Initiative (GEFI) Innov8x Challenge will happen at the Colorado School of Mines campus on September 8, 2022. For questions, while completing this form, please email Sid Saleh at shsaleh@mines.edu.


  • 1-2 hours a week to engage with students and provide feedback
  • Willingness to support solution trials
  • Willingness to connect students with contacts (e.g. subject matter experts)

Challenge/Problem Template © Sid Hanna Saleh. This template is open for use under CC BY 4.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Challenge/Problem Submission

Name and title of main contact for day-to-day interactions(Required)
Please include name, title, and contact info.
Describe the beneficiaries who currently struggle with the problem. A beneficiary must be an individual. They cannot be an organization or a group or a division/department, etc. They must be accessible for observation and interviews.
A problem is a situation or condition that someone desires to change. For symptoms of problems, describe how a beneficiary is experiencing the problem. What are the signs of beneficiary struggles? List all possible symptoms using this format: [Individual(s)] complains about [pain, condition, or situation that you want to change] because [effect or consequences of the problem] If you start at a high level, work your way down to specific individuals. Look for symptoms objectively.
What is the value to the beneficiary in terms of time, effort, expense, opportunities, etc.
Describe who has a stake in the problem, who benefits when the symptoms/problem is resolved, and who benefits when the symptoms/problem remain unresolved.
Describe any restrictions to be overcome and any to be expected.

Challenge TIMELINE


  • August 18 | 4:30-6:30 pm | Virtual
    Challenge Problem Sponsor Workshop
  • August 24 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Petroleum Hall, Green Center
    Challenge Pitch Day  
  • September 7 | 9:00 am – 5:30pm
    Innovation Forum Event
  • September 8 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Innovation Challenge Event