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

Online Community

The Conrad Challenge features an online community of students, educators, and mentors interested in innovating to improve the future. 

Students and their teams can share ideas, tips and encouragement as they advance through the Conrad Challenge.  Online community is only open to current and former participants in the Conrad Challenge.

Prizes & Awards

Teams compete for the opportunity to attend the Innovation Summit at the Kennedy Space Center and to be recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars and Power Pitch Winners! 

Teams are eligible to receive seed funding grants, investment opportunities, patent support, business services, scholarships and other opportunities (as provided by our partners and sponsors) to grow their solution into a real business.

Program Requirements

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

For more information on getting started visit download the Conrad Challenge Overview.