THE 2019-2020 CHALLENGE LINE UP...


Aerospace & Aviation

Aerospace & Aviation

Aerospace & Aviation
Armed with curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, brave men and women over the last century have dedicated themselves to answering this question by exploring the earth’s atmosphere and outer space. With an increased entrepreneurial spirit, numerous aerospace and aviation organizations focus on the research, design, manufacturing, operation and maintenance of vehicles for the benefit of humankind. Participants in this category follow the footsteps of past pioneers and launch new innovations in science, engineering and business that will enable humans to better explore the Earth’s atmosphere and beyond. Be part of the next phase of exploration!

Examples include: avionics systems, engines, air-traffic control, airplanes, aerodynamics, human factors/cockpit design, and propulsion systems; Aerospace systems, processes, ISS upgrades, long distance space travel, space junk tracking and elimination, astronaut suit design and space habitats.

 


Cyber-Technology & Security

Cyber-Technology & Security

Cyber-Technology & Security 
Technology connects us, creating pathways to independence and keeping us safe. Current challenges within the cyber-technology and security arena affect the processes and mechanisms by which computer-based equipment, information, networks and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. This category challenges students to develop products that can better achieve the protection of these processes in addition to securing humankind from unplanned events and natural disasters. Participants unleash powerful innovations laced with ingenuity, incorporating information technology and security as applied to computing devices, as well as private and public computer networks. Be part of the tech revolution!

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 
If humanity is to continue living on Earth, we must address challenges such as energy storage, renewable resources, recycling solutions, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land use. Participants in the Energy and Environment category study our use of natural resources and the impact of human activity on the planet to present thoughtful, environmentally-conscious designs. Be the new energy we fuse into this planet we call home!

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

 

 

 


Health & Nutrition

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Health & Nutrition 
Proper health and nutrition not only sustains life, but also transforms bodies and minds. Humanity depends on great technological innovators to lead the charge in developing products and services that make this transformation possible. Participants in the Health & Nutrition category dive headfirst into medicine, the human body and behavior, and promote wellness to improve our quality of life. Be a catalyst that ignites this mental and physical transformation!

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

 


2019-2020 SPECIAL CATEGORIES:


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Transforming Education Through Technology

In partnership with SMART Technologies®, students will take education into their own hands.

The impact of edtech is one of the most debated topics in education. Numerous studies have shown that more technology in the classroom doesn’t automatically equal better outcomes. But if used in the right conditions, technology can help accelerate and advance learning. 

Within this special category, students are invited to design new technologies or services that will help transform education experiences and lead to better outcomes for individual students, schools or communities.

Start brainstorming… what’s missing from your education experience?  Learn more about this Challenge.

Examples include: individualized virtual reality classroom simulators, adaptable a.i. accessibility devices, customized presentation training applications, educational video games, online digital learning platforms, and personalized smart desks.


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Smoke-Free World: Eliminating & Reducing Teen Vaping

In recent years, vaping has significantly increased in prevalence, especially among teens. For some, vaping is viewed as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, many don’t realize that vaping has risks as well. To avoid a public health crisis in this generation, it is essential that the risks of harm and addiction from vaping are communicated to teens. Additionally, there is an immediate need for the development of solutions for those who have already started vaping. Participants in this category are challenged to develop behavioral, social and technological innovations that prevent vaping among teens. Solutions should focus on a country with a high-prevalence of teen vaping to complement efforts to prevent smoking conventional cigarettes among youth.

Learn more about this Challenge.

Examples include: applications regulating the purchase of vape products, applications to help teens quit vape products and personalized apps for staying vape free.


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Smoke-Free World: Re-purposed Farmlands & Tobacco Crops

Ending smoking worldwide will save lives, but a reduced global demand for tobacco could also bring devastating consequences to smallholder farmers across the globe, many of whom are economically dependent on tobacco farming for their livelihoods. We’re relying on our innovators to develop 21st century agricultural technology and business solutions to help these smallholder tobacco farmers transition to alternative, yet profitable livelihoods. Be part of a sustainable economic transition!

Learn more about this Challenge.

 

Examples include: cosmetics made from tobacco products, organic bandages, alternative use of other seeds and crops, natural pesticides, apps to educate farmers, and ways to switch crops from tobacco.