Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Categories


Smoke-Free World





Smoke-Free World The global decline of smoking will have many positive health impacts, but will bring negative economic consequences to tobacco farmers, many of whom are in developing nations. Students are invited to design 21st century solutions to repurpose global farmland that is currently used for tobacco production, especially in African countries.  Visit the category page here.

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Aerospace & Aviation

Aerospace & Aviation

Aerospace & Aviation describes the human effort in science, engineering and business to fly in the Earth’s atmosphere and surrounding space. Aerospace organizations research, design, manufacture, operate, or maintain aircraft and/or spacecraft.

Examples include: avionics, aerodynamics, human factors/cockpit design, and propulsion systems.


Cyber-Technology & Security

Cyber-Technology & Security

Cyber-Technology & Security is information technology and security as applied to computing devices, as well as computer networks such as private and public networks. The field covers all the processes and mechanisms by which computer-based equipment, information and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. The field also includes protection from unplanned events and natural disasters.

Examples include: artificial intelligence applications, network defense systems, counter intelligence technologies for government, data-driven energy management technologies, smart security technologies, and database models to track, predict, and categorize natural disasters. 


Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment includes all fields that study the human use of natural resources and the impact of human activity on the environment.

Examples include: energy storage, energy efficiency, renewable resources, sustainable land use, recycling solutions, environmental health, water resources, biodiversity, climate change, waste management, and other clean technology innovations.


Health & Nutrition

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Health & Nutrition encompasses fields of study regarding the human body and behavior as they relate to wellness and medicine.

Examples include: prosthetics, nutrition science, exercise science, medical technology, hunger solutions, mental health, assistive technology, healthcare services, healthcare safety, and biomedical engineering.