to change the world!

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There are historically two fundamental ways to think: inside the box and outside the box. At the Conrad Challenge we encourage students to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there simply is no box. To Get Your Genius On, there should be no box.

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the world create products and/or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges. They become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through utilizing their creativity and critical-thinking skills. 

No need to wait… you can join the 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge TODAY!


Form your team & REGISTER!



Teams must consist of 2-5 students, ages 13-18. We encourage collaboration without borders, so feel free to invite students from other schools and countries. Each team must have a coach, who is over 18 years old.

Participants work together to identify challenges and develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems in any of the following categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition, Transforming Education Through Technology, Smoke-Free World: Eliminating & Reducing Teen Vaping, and Smoke-Free World: Re-purposed Farmlands & Tobacco Crops. Teams may submit in multiple categories, if desired.

NOTE: Students who have competed in the past may compete again, as long as they still meet the age and other entrance criteria. Teams from previous years may submit past innovations, only if significant advances or changes have been made since their most recent participation. 

For detailed instructions to register your team and submit an investor pitch, please review the Student Guide.

Registration Requirements:

  • Team captain (primary user) must complete the initial registration online.
    NOTE: This primary user’s email address will be used for all communications moving forward from the Conrad Challenge.

  • Confirm account with confirmation link sent via email.

  • Full names and emails of all team members and coach.



Challenge categories




DEADLINE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. EST

Once the team has created and confirmed an account through the primary user, the team’s submission will be saved as it is entered into the system. This allows the team to collaborate and make edits as their project progresses prior to official submission.

In Round 1, students research global and local issues in their chosen category. Teams then create a product or service to address this challenge. To support development, registered teams and coaches are given access to the Conrad Design Method® No Box Toolbox community with brainstorming processes and instructional videos, access to subject matter experts, as well as the use of NASA Technology.

During this round, teams must effectively explain the real-world solution by completing the Investor Pitch tab detailing their idea, while also illustrating its viability as an innovative solution on the market. Questions in this round include:

  • What is your innovative product/service?

  • What challenge(s) is your product/service designed to solve?

  • What are the key features of your product/service that make it special?

  • How is your product/service innovative and different from other product/services intended to solve the same challenges?

Entries are reviewed by the Conrad Team upon submission. Teams will be notified via email if they have advanced to the next round of the Challenge, Round 2: The Business Plan.

Remember, the sooner you submit the more time you have in Round 2.


Challenge resources


Round 2: THe business plan


Teams may begin this round once they receive an email notification of their advancement into the next round.

Deadline Jan. 3, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST)
Competition fee: $399/per team

In this round, teams develop a full business plan outlining their idea and create a strategy to introduce their product/service to market. Required items in this round include:

  • Entry fee of $399.00

    • Discounted rates may apply for qualified title one schools or schools with multiple team participation. Teams submitting in more than one category will receive a discounted rate of $150 on the second entry. Please email info@conradchallenge.org for more information.

  • Business Plan:

    • Fields include marketing, finance, intellectual property management, human resources management and operations management information

    • Graphic conceptualization or full prototype creation

    • 3-minute sales pitch video on product/solution

Submissions are reviewed by an esteemed group of industry experts in each category. Each entry is scored by 3-5 experts based on an established judging rubric that is detailed in the Student Guide. 

On Friday, February 21, 2020, the top 5 teams in each category will be named Conrad Finalists and invited to compete at the Conrad Innovation Summit!

Remember, All teams who complete the requirements of the Business Plan round will be named Conrad Innovators





April 21-24, 2020 

The competition culminates at the Innovation Summit, a four-day, out-of-this-world experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Finalist teams are invited to the space coast to meet and present their innovations before an esteemed panel of expert judges. Teams are scored and provided on-the-spot feedback from the judging panel. Teams receive scholarships, patent support, business services to support the continued growth of their concepts and internship opportunities.

Every year, students tell us how amazing it is to meet like-minded students from across the globe. It may only be a four-day event, but the memories made here will last a lifetime. NOTE: Finalist teams are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Required Items in this Round:

  • Summit Registration and Fee

  • 6-minute investor pitch presentation

  • Patent Application







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