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UNF MedNexus Innovation Challenge

The University of North Florida, along with the City of Palm Coast and Flagler County Schools host the MedNexus Innovation Challenge, a team-based competition showcasing regional high school students pitching their solutions to Florida’s evolving healthcare needs.

This is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students that offers the chance to receive scholarship prize money, mentoring by university faculty, and a platform to share innovative solutions to real healthcare needs within Florida’s First Coast.

1st place - $1,000 scholarship prize money per team member 

2nd place - $750 scholarship prize money per team member

The third annual UNF MedNexus Innovation Challenge will take place Thursday, April 11, 2024 with a theme of social media addiction. Teams of four students will come up with solutions to address social media addiction (spending more than three hours per day on social media) in adolescents. Research has shown that despite increasing use and undeniable benefits for interaction, social media's impact on adolescent well-being is a source of concern. Increased use of social media can lead to addiction and negatively affect relationships, sleep, and academic performance. 

2024 Schedule

Date Event
Friday, January 26 Applications Open
Friday, February 16 Applications Close
Monday, February 19 Teams Selected Announced
Tuesday, February 27 Kick-off Meeting (Mandatory for all team members)
Monday, March 4 to Friday, April 5 Meetings with UNF faculty coaches
Friday, April 5 Final Presentations due to faculty coaches by 5pm
Thursday, April 11 MedNexus Innovation Challenge
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Students establish teams of four and research the challenge area of Social Media Addiction to determine how they could design a health intervention or program to reduce social media addiction.

Register your team online and explain how you will approach this health issue with an innovative solution. 

Once the UNF team receives applications, four teams will be selected based on their preliminary solution idea to participate in the MedNexus Innovation Challenge.

The Community Intervention

Throughout February and March, the four selected teams will develop an innovative community intervention to improve social media addiction among adolescents. University of North Florida MedNexus will connect each team with a UNF faculty member to provide feedback on their intervention and presentation. 

Kick-off Meeting

Kick-Off Meeting (Mandatory for all participants)

February 27, 2024 | 4:30 to 5:30pm

The Presentation