2017-2018 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

To learn more about this year's challenge, click here to view the Challenge Handbook.  




Deadline: October 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET 

  • Teams must consist of 2-5 students, ages 13-18.
  • Each team must have a coach or supervisor, 18 years or older, to help them along the way.
  • Registration fee of $250 per team will be required.
    (Note: Special pricing will be offered to Title 1 schools and schools hosting multiple teams. Contact info@conradawards.org for more information.)
  • Choose a category to enter:
    Aerospace & Aviation
    Cyber-Technology & Security
    Energy & Environment
    Health & Nutrition

Click here to register your team. 

Once your team's registration and payment is confirmed you will receive a welcome email from our team!  Within this email you will be granted access to The Conrad Design Method platform and other helpful instructions as your team moves into Round ONE! 



The Investor Pitch

Develop an Investor Pitch
Deadline: October 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET

Teams complete an investor pitch form and create a short video about their idea to explain and defend its viability as an innovative solution to a real-world problem. The teams with promising Investor Pitches will advance to the semi-final round.

Download Investor Pitch Form Here

Once your form is complete email it to ConradSubmissions@gmail.com

Semi-Finalist Teams will be notified by email and posted online by Wednesday, November 8, 2017!

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Develop Business Plan
Deadline: January 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET

During this round, teams will expand on their Investor Pitch by creating a Business Plan to support the further development of their innovative product/service. 

Teams full Business Plans are judged by a group of industry experts and are scored in a point system based on requirements. The top scoring teams are entered into the Finalist round and invited to present their concepts at the Innovation Summit. 

Finalist teams will be notified by email and posted online by Friday, February 16, 2018!

Attend the Innovation Summit


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Prepare and Present Concept at Innovation Summit (April 25-28, 2018 at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex)

Just as entrepreneurs pitch their start-ups to investors, the finalist teams will present their concepts to a panel of experts. Teams are evaluated on the innovation of their concept and the viability of their product/service. One winning team will be named in each category and recognized as "Pete Conrad Scholars."

More information will be shared with the finalist teams.