Applications invited for the 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge

Applications invited for the 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge

Organization: Conrad Foundation

Event Duration: 21 Apr. 2020 - 24 Apr. 2020

Apply By: 01 Nov 2019

About the Organization:

Conrad Foundation is the only organization of their kind whose programs combine science and technology-based education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability.

About the Event:

They give students between the ages of 13-18 the chance to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially-viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels.

Conrad Challenge Overview:

  • Registration and Round 1: The Investor Pitch - Submission Deadline Nov 1, 2019
  • Round 2: The Business Plan - Upon Acceptance Email - January 3, 2020
  • Round 3: Conrad Innovation Summit - April 21 - 24, 2020


All teams who enter the Conrad Challenge are competing to be recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars, the Challenge’s top honor. One team in each category will receive this recognition based on their scores during the final round at the Conrad Innovation Summit (April 23-26, 2019 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida). In addition to the title, student teams will receive a variety of prizes to support their entrepreneurial spirit.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Each Conrad Challenge team must consist of 2 to 5 students (ages 13-18).
  • Teams must have one team coach, who is at least 18 years of age, to serve as an adult supervisor.
  • Teams must consist of at least two team members at all times. While team members may be removed, new members cannot be added once a team has submitted in Round 1: The Investor Pitch.
  • The team’s idea must be original work that has been developed as a group. The idea may include elements and components created by others, as long as the proper credit is given.
  • Each team member and coach must read, and understand, the terms and conditions set forth in the competition rules & regulations. Registration of a team results in the agreement that the team and the coach will abide by all rules and follow the Code of Civility (detailed below).
  • The competition is open to international participants.
  • Teams participating in the Challenge are aware and agree to pay the necessary funding to submit their content in Round Two: Business Plan ($399/team). In addition, teams selected to attend the Conrad Innovation Summit, are aware and agree to pay all costs associated with registration, travel and accommodations to attend.

Concept Submissions:

This section refers to all concept elements submitted by the team for consideration of the Conrad Challenge. This includes, but is not limited to, the Investor Pitch, team video, photos and Business Plan.

  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All elements submitted by the team must be entirely the work of the student team members. Team coaches may guide the students, but may not create any of the submitted elements or provide excessive influence on the concept design.
  • The submission and/or presentation may not disclose any third-party intellectual property or violate any existing copyright protections
  • Submissions may not copy or use other materials without properly citing the source. Proper citation includes the standard information of a scientific citation, including authors, publication source, dates, volume, pages or URL information.
  • The basic information (team member names, team product, team location or school) for any teams completing the requirements for Round 2: The Business Plan (who are named Conrad Innovators), or named as Finalists will be posted publicly on the Conrad Challenge website and shared via social media.
  • It is the responsibility of each team to determine how much information about their concept is publicly disclosed. Please refer to “A Word about Confidentiality and Patents” in this document for more guidance. All Finalist teams will be required to file a Provisional Patent by Friday, April 10, 2020. There may be representatives of press, sponsors, and other members of the public at the Innovation Summit, so all information shared at the Summit in a group setting should be considered publicly disclosed.
  • The Conrad Foundation reserves the right to use basic team information, photos and videos taken at the Innovation Summit to promote the Conrad Challenge competition and Innovation Summit.

Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 P.M. EST

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