Spirit of Innovation Awards

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The Conrad Foundation's Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for teams of students to create commercially viable products or services to address issues of global sustainability for the benefit of humanity. This annual competition is free and available to students, ages 13-18, from around the world. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge offers teachers, parents and afterschool coordinators a relevant and dynamic way to teach science, technology, engineering and math. Along the way, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are available as virtual mentors. This is the competition where Geek is Chic.

Step 1: Register at http://www.conradawards.com to create a personal profile and invite your friends and teachers to join the community. Take advantage of tools and resources to inspire the development of innovative ideas.

Step 2: Create a team and Get Your Genius On! Now is the time to develop your ideas for a product or solution in your selected category or enter in more than one category.

Teams can be made up of students between 13-18 years old from different schools, states and even countries. Create a global team through our new members' forum.

Step 3: Submit your one-page abstract through the submission portal (available at website listed above) by mid-October. The submission process opens in mid-August. You will asked to confirm information about your team and answer the four questions below:

  • Please provide a short description of your product. (100 words)
  • What problem does it solve? (200 words)
  • How is it innovative? (200 words)
  • What are the key features, and how is it beneficial? (200 words)
  • Accepted proposals will be named semi-finalists and invited to submit a full proposal. After review of semi-finalist proposals, experts choose five finalists from each category who will advance to the Innovation Summit for the final competition.

    Past program categories have included:

  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Energy and Environment
  • Cybertechnology and Security
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Registration opens in August and closes in late October.

    For more information, or to register, visit http://www.conradawards.org/.

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    Grades 10-12
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    All Minnesota
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    Spirit of Innovation Challenge
    2200 Space Park Drive #205
    Houston, TX 77058

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