read the blueprints of the future!

The Conrad Challenge is an excellent opportunity for industry, government, research and academia to help support the youth of today and take an active role in shaping our future workforce. Each year, we seek out individuals willing to serve as judges during the Business Plan round of the competition, as well as on-site judges during our Conrad Innovation Summit. 


  • Opportunity to exercise your specialized industry knowledge and experience and to “give back”

  • Inspire students to pursue STEM careers

  • Encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to use their innovations to make a real-world impact

  • Take your seat as a judge on Shark Tank... student edition!


  • Review, score and provide feedback on 3-5 business plans from student teams from around the globe

  • Follow the judges' rubric and expectations shared prior to each judging opportunity

  • Provide thoughtful, constructive and age-appropriate feedback for each submitted project

  • Complete submission review and comments prior to the judging deadline

  • Agree to confidentiality terms that protect students’ intellectual property

  • Note: Business Plan Judging occurs entirely online

Time Commitment

Business Round judges will be provided multiple student team projects to review in mid-January. All judges will have 3 weeks to submit feedback to the Conrad Challenge team. Judge selection and specific instructions will be sent to each judge individually prior to the review period.

In addition, Business Round judges are invited to participate in the final round of competition at the Conrad Innovation Summit (April 21-24, 2020) at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Judges must attend in person to participate in this round of the competition as the top 5 teams in each category will present their presentations in-person at the Summit. On-site judge training will be provided. 



If you are interested in serving as a judge for the 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge, please complete and submit the form below. If you have any additional questions, please email us

Name *
Direct office line or cell phones are preferred.
Select which Challenge category best fits your judging expertise *
Are you interested in attending the Conrad Innovation Summit? *
The Conrad Innovation Summit will be held April 21-24, 2020 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

By submitting this form, you will be automatically added to the Conrad Challenge email distribution database. The Conrad Foundation will not share your information with student participants or any other third parties.