The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in one of four areas: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition.

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Challenge Categories

Participants work together in teams of 2-5 members to develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems in one of four categories: Aerospace and Aviation, Energy and Environment, Cyber Technology and Security, and Health and Nutrition.  Click here to view full descriptions.

Conrad Challenge Categories

Prizes & Awards

Semi-Finalist teams compete for the opportunity to present their product/service during the Innovation Summit at the Kennedy Space Center!

Finalist teams will compete to be recognized as "Pete Conrad Scholars" in addition to anticipated awards from sponsors that may include seed funding grants, investment opportunities, patent support, business services and scholarships to support the growth of their concept into a real business. 


Program Requirements

The Conrad Challenge participants must be high school students (age 13-18).

For more information, read the 2016-2017 Conrad Challenge Handbook. Information on the 2017-2018 Challenge will be announced late summer/early fall.