What is the Conrad Challenge?

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future through purpose-driven education. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the world create products and/or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges. They become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through utilizing their creativity and critical-thinking skills.


In partnership with the Conrad Foundation, we are bringing the Conrad Challenge to China in 2020 with the first regional competition exclusively for Chinese teams.


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Conrad Challenge in Numbers

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Third Man on the Moon

Conrad Challenge is named after Apollo 12 astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad, the third man to walk on the Moon. The competition honors Pete's legacy and passion for education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Top 3 Competition

One of the world's most renowned STEM competitions, Conrad Challenge is also recognized by College Vine in their top 3 academic competitions for boosting your high school profile.

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No Box Toolbox

Instead of thinking outside the box, we encourage students to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there simply is no box. Our Conrad Method® helps teams understand a problem, sketch solutions, prototype and validate.

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Fifteen Years of Innovation

Founded in 2008, the Conrad Challenge has been running for 15 years and continues to be the only competition of its kind that combines science and technology-based education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability.

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Teams From Around The World

Building on 1,951 student registrations in 2019, participation in Conrad Challenge 2020 almost doubled with a total of 742 teams registered. Of these teams, 522 qualified for Round 2 and 36 were selected for our first ever virtual summit in May 2020.

Conrad Challenge Network

Across its flagship competition in the US and regional competions in Nigeria, Australia and China, the Conrad Challenge has received participation from over 850 schools in 50 US states and 72 countries.

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A Transformative Educational Experience

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Conrad Challenge China 2020 Categories

Supporting the Conrad Foundation's mission to design a sustainable future for our planet, Conrad Challenge China 2020 teams will develop commercially-viable solutions to global problems in one of six categories.

Aerospace & Aviation
Cyber-Technology & Security
Energy & Environment
Health & Nutrition
Oceans: The Plastic Problem
Education & Technology

Conrad Challenge China 2020 Timeline


All participants must read the Student Guide and agree to the Conrad Rules & Regulations found in the buttons below, but please refer to these general guidelines for key information, dates and deadlines.

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    Register & Prepare
    August 21 to November 15, 2020
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    China Preliminary Round
    January 3-31, 2021 (Online)
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    China Innovation Summit
    March 20-21, 2021 (Chengdu, China)

Register & Prepare (Aug 21 - Nov 15, 2020)
China Preliminary Round (Jan 3-31, 2021)
China Innovation Summit (Mar 20-21, 2020)
Global Innovation Summit (April 2021)

Past Conrad Judges

The Conrad Challenge takes great pride in connecting industry experts with our participants. Our judges are top experts in their fields and bring great insight and guidance to our student teams. The Conrad China judging panels will be announced in November 2020.


Interested in becoming a judge for Conrad Challenge China? Please submit this form.


Thomas Griffin NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope Project
Lt Aaron Jones U.S. Navy Pilot
Kerry Leonard NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Daniel Marcus L3Harris Technologies
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Frequently Asked Questions

What competition fees are required for the Conrad Challenge?
Do teams need to consist of students from the same school?
Are teams permitted to compete in more than one category?
Are teams permitted to submit the same innovation in multiple categories?
Are students allowed to participate on multiple teams?
Do all teams require a coach?
Can our team name match the name of our innovation?
Are teams required to create a physical prototype of their product?
Will there be an in-person Global Innovation Summit this year?