Schurz Communications partnered with the computer science and engineering department at the University of Notre Dame on their first "innovation challenge," in which students and faculty will "consider real-world digital solutions and opportunities for 21st century media companies." The challenge begins in the fall and will initially focus on mobile media development. Winning prototypes will receive cash prizes. "New relationships with young developers, designers and database talent – literally blocks away – is a potential game changer," said Todd Schurz, CEO of Schurz Communications. Notre Dame and Schurz have been cornerstones in South Bend for 150 years.