The Conrad Challenge
Age limit: 13-18
There are historically two fundamental ways to think: inside the box and outside the box. At the Conrad Challenge we encourage students to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there simply is no box.
The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future through purpose-driven education. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the world create products and/or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges. They become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through utilising their creativity and critical-thinking skills.
Quick summary of what is required:
TEAMS MUST CONSIST OF 2-5 STUDENTS, AGES 13-18. WE ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION WITHOUT BORDERS, SO FEEL FREE TO INVITE STUDENTS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS AND COUNTRIES. EACH TEAM MUST HAVE A COACH, WHO IS OVER 18 YEARS OLD.
Participants work together to identify challenges and develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems in any of the following categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World with 2 special categories, and Oceans: The Plastic Problem. Teams may submit in multiple categories, if desired. (Read the details about these super interesting categories in the additional link at the very bottom)
Teams participating in the Conrad Challenge are aware and agree to pay the necessary funding to submit their content in Round One: Investor Pitch ($149/team) and Round Two: Business Plan ($499/team).
In Round 1, students research global and local challenges within their chosen category. Then, teams create a product or service to address this challenge. To support development, registered teams and coaches are given access to the Conrad Design Method® No Box Toolbox community with brainstorming processes and instructional videos, access to subject matter experts, as well as the use of NASA Technology.
During this round, teams must effectively explain the real-world solution by completing the Investor Pitch tab detailing their idea, while also illustrating its viability as an innovative solution on the market. Questions in this round include:
- What is your innovative product/service?
- What challenge(s) is your product/service designed to solve?
- What are the key features of your product/service that make it special?
- How is your product/service innovative and different from other product/services intended to solve the same challenges?
Team Registration, Investor Pitches and Payment Deadline - Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET
6th Nov. (for entry round)