The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition. The Conrad Challenge encourages young adults to participate in designing the future. 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 utilizing their creativity and critical-thinking skills. Teams consist of students from the same or different schools, as well as the same or different countries. The Challenge encourages collaboration without borders. Participants work together to identify challenges and develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems in one of the following categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition and Transforming Education Through Technology.
- Participants will develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st-century workforce. Further, bring to life commercially-viable innovations that have the potential to change lives. For the better on the individual, national and global levels.
- Teams that make it to the third and final round receive awards, patent support, business services to support the continued growth of their concepts, internship opportunities, and numerous university scholarships.
- Each Conrad Challenge team must consist of 2 to 5 students (ages 13-18).
- Teams must have one team coach, who is at least 18 years of age, to serve as an adult supervisor.
- Teams must consist of at least two team members at all times. While team members may be remove, new members cannot add once a team has submit in Round 1: The Investor Pitch.
- The team’s idea must be original work that has been developed as a group. The idea may include elements and components created by others, as long as the proper credit is given.
- Each team member and coach must-read, and understand, the terms and conditions set forth in the competition rules & regulations. Registration of a team results in the agreement that the team and the coach will abide by all rules and follow the Code of Civility (detailed below).
- The competition is open to international participants.
- Teams participating in the Challenge are aware and agree to pay the necessary funding to submit their content in Round Two: Business Plan ($399/team). In addition, teams to attend the Conrad Innovation Summit, are aware and agree to pay all costs associated with registration, travel, and accommodations to attend.
- Students who have competed in the past:
- May compete again, as long as they still meet the above eligibility and requirements.
- Must have made significant advancements or changes to a product. If they are opting to submit an innovation similar to what was in a previous year.
- Check the official website for further details.