About Spirit of Innovation Challenge



Imagine getting the chance to develop a commercial product to help solve a real challenge facing our world today. If you’re ready to take your innovative science and technology idea to all-new heights, then the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is for you. Get your genius on!

This annual competition challenges student teams to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to develop the products of tomorrow. Along the way, coaches, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are there to mentor you and help turn your idea into a reality.

The Conrad Foundation believes students have the potential to create the next world-changing, commercially-viable product or service. The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites students from around the globe to Get Their Genius On and conceptualize a solution in the areas of:

Aerospace and Aviation
Green fuels, avionics, aerodynamics, human factors/cockpit design, aerospace human/life sciences, aircraft and vehicles, propulsion systems and other synthetic innovations

Energy and Environment
Energy storage, energy efficiency, renewable resources, sustainable land use, recycling solutions, environmental health, water resources, biodiversity, climate change, waste management, and other clean tech innovations

Cybertechnology and Security
Artificial intelligence applications, network defense systems, forensic sciences, smart cars, secure coding, counter intelligence technologies for government, energy, and healthcare safety

Health and Nutrition
Food products, exercise equipment, nutrition science, and innovations that modify behavior