Spirit of Innovation Challenge


The Spirit of Innovation Challenge begins with a one-page proposal for an innovative product or service that will benefit humanity and fits within one of four challenge categories: aerospace and aviation, cybertechnology and security, energy and environment, and health and nutrition. This multi-phase, business and technical plan competition is free and open to students ages 13 - 18 from around the world. The prize, $10,000 and a trip to the 2014 Innovation Summit at NASA Johnson Space Center to present to a panel of expert judges.

The program invites students to work in teams of 2-5 students and use science, technology, engineering and math skills along with creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to be the solution and design things that matter. It takes an estimated 3-5 hours to work from the innovative brainstorm session to general entry submission. Competition tools, mentors and resources are available through the website and online community.

General entry deadline: Oct. 24

Participation begins by creating a profile at www.conradawards.org



Competition Organizer

The Conrad Foundation

Local US Event
Houston, TX
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Undergraduate - Canada
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • High School - Local U.S.
  • High School -All U.S.
  • Business - Canada
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • Women or Minority-owned
  • Specialized Industries
  • Virtual/Online
  • Business - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
  • High School - Global
Who's Eligible

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites students ages 13 – 18 from around the globe in teams of 2-5 members and one coach. All submission entries are completed on our online community. The final stage is then held in Houston, Texas at Nasa Johnson Space Center.

Important Dates

October 24, 2013 General Entry Abstract Deadline
January 16, 2013 Technical concept report, Business plan, Graphic visualization, and Uploading a video
April 3, 2014 Presentations must be submitted for review

Other Info

The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites high school students and their coaches (teachers, parents) to Get Their Genius On during its annual competition. Using science, technology, engineering and math skills, teams develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. As part of the program, the Conrad Challenge matches participants with world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs as mentors to assist with advanced academic and business principles.

Student teams compete for awards and recognition, including a chance to attend the annual Innovation Summit where they will present their products and vie for seed grants, patent support and commercial opportunities.

The Conrad Challenge is free and available to students from all socioeconomic levels. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge gives teachers an exciting and dynamic way to teach STEM. We provide a way for teachers to go beyond the textbook and help students truly understand how what they are learning can be applied to something with large-scale social impact. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is not just a program … it is a movement to train the next generation and drive the economy of tomorrow.

Learn more about participating as a student, coach, mentor and get started today!