Competition Encouraging Young Entrepreneurial Problem-Solvers
Honoring the legacy of Apollo 12 astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad and his four-decade passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, the Conrad Challenge is an annual, multiphase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future through purpose-driven education. Each year teams of two to five students, aged 13 to 18, from around the world create products or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges. Using their creativity and critical-thinking skills, students become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific, and societal issues. In 2021–22 the challenge categories are Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition, and a special category presented by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: “Re-purposed Farmlands & Tobacco Crops & Alternative Uses of Tobacco” (and its byproducts). Teams may submit in multiple categories. The Conrad Challenge is divided into three rounds: Round 1—The Investor Pitch; Round 2—The Business Plan; Round 3—Virtual Finals and The Innovation Summit. All teams that complete the requirements of the Business Plan round are recognized as Conrad Innovators.
Deadlines: The 2021–22 season opened in August 2021; notification of acceptance into the next round will occur between October and November 2021
All Star Code is a nonprofit computer science education organization focused on developing a new generation of entrepreneurs. Through its Summer Intensive program, a six-week coding bootcamp, and continued Alumni Services, the organization gives young, motivated Black and Latino men the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to succeed in a technological world.
The impact of COVID-19—on education, health, the workforce, and the economy—has made clear that young people need skills that enable them to think critically, creatively, and globally—to solve problems, create new jobs, and address issues never seen before.