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OWN Academy Real World Challenge 2020

OWN Academy Real World Challenge 2020

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OWN Academy calls application for Real World Challenge 2020.

REAL WORLD CHALLENGE by OWN Academy is an online competition series targeting students of ages 12 to 19 that prompts them to analyze, imagine, and reflect on how COVID-19 has left its mark on our world. It is a timely opportunity for students to consider our gains and losses from this trying time, to ruminate upon the concomitant societal concerns, and to envision the route ahead. By encouraging students to express their ideas creatively, OUTBREAK: WHAT’S NEXT? is the name of the first competition that serves as a critical and effective space for discussion, innovation, and exploration.


COVID-19 is everywhere and is affecting everyone in the very here and now. It has taken away far too many lives and livelihoods and is disrupting our day-to-day in the most unexpected ways possible. How can we move on from this global pandemic – where do we go from here?

Did you know that 91% of the student population has had their education disrupted and that’s 1.5 billion students around the world?

Schools had been in suspension for the past months, international exams were canceled and our learning routine turned upside down. Many cities are still under lockdown and international travel may not return to normal anytime soon. OWN Academy are approaching the summer months but the reality is that students around the world may continue to be stuck at home. If normal summer experiences are no longer available, how can this summer be productive and meaningful?


Every crisis is an opportunity. Welcome to OWN Academy’s Real World Challenge – Education Edition. It is a place for creative ideas for an alternative learning engagement over the summer. Let’s brainstorm effective and innovative project ideas where students can have fun and learn at the same time. Candidates will give their best project ideas for the summer that students can participate in and make this summer not only exciting but memorable.

Here are some questions candidates need to answer with the 200-word submission.

  • What is the topic/theme/subject related to your project idea?
  • What is the goal of this project?
  • What will be created in the end?
  • What would students need to do to achieve the goal?
  • What type of students do you think would be excited about this?


Top 3 Winners will get cash prizes:

  • 1st Place: $3,000 HKD / $380 USD
  • 2nd Place: $2,000 HKD / $250 USD
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 HKD / $120 USD


The challenge is mainly for young people ages 12 – 19. However, OWN Academy strongly encourages students below and above the age bracket to participate in OUTBREAK: WHAT’S NEXT? and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

More information available here


Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline18 June,2020
Open toAges between 12 to 19
OrganizerOWN Academy
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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