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World Series of InnovationWSI

How to Compete

Explore the nine innovation challenges in this competition cycle and see what grabs your interest.

  1. 1

    Pick a challenge

    Which of the challenges gets your brain ticking and your creativity flowing?

  2. 2

    Brainstorm

    Click on a Get Started or Accept Challenge button to begin, then start the rapid ideation! Set a timer and come up with as many ideas as you can in short order. Pick the best one to work on. A teacher or coach can help you brainstorm, but the entry you submit must be your own original work.

  3. 3

    Submit your idea

    Once you get your password, log in to build your entry online and submit whenever you're ready. Do it all in one session or save your work and come back later to finish. Just be sure to submit by the deadline. The next set of challenges launches September 15, 2021 and entries are due by December 15, 2021.

Hold onto your hats. It’s time to start brainstorming! Now’s the time to go big and bold with your ideas and get wildly creative.

Exciting times! The judges are now taking a first look at your work. Good luck, everyone!

Are you in it to win it? It’s time for our finalists to crush it in the 1-minute video round.

It's showtime! Our judges are grabbing their scorecards and the popcorn.

Congratulations to every WSI competitor and especially our winners and finalists!

December 17

Throw your hat in the ring by registering to participate in the World Series of Innovation then start brainstorming. Submit your best ideas by 11pm EST on December 17, 2020.

January 27

All first round submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges. Entries are scored by multiple judges and the Top 10 teams in each challenge category advance to the final round on January 27, 2021.

February 15

The Top 10 teams in each challenge category get a chance to shoot a one-minute video "commercial" or "elevator pitch" for their idea and convince the final round judges they deserve to win big. Finalist videos are due by 11pm EST on February 15, 2021.

March 29

A new panel of judges evaluates the Top 10 entries again and watches all the videos submitted by finalists before determining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each challenge category. Winners announced March 31, 2021.

September 15

Explore the winning entries from the latest challenge cycle and stay tuned for more! A whole new set of challenges will launch September 15, 2021.

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Who can compete?

Young People 13–24

Anyone between the ages of 13 and 24 can compete. You can also nominate any young innovators you know so they get a special invitation!

Nominate

Solo or Small Teams

Sign up to compete solo (as a mighty team of one!) or invite a few friends to join you and compete together. A team can have 1, 2, 3, or 4 members.

Register

Three prizes awarded for each challenge category

The three highest-scoring entries in each category receive cash prizes. The 1st place winner receives $1500. The 2nd place winner receives $600 and the 3rd place winner receives $300.

Previous Winners

FERroUS

An iron supplement drink created for women to help combat widespread iron deficiencies. Named after the scientific name for iron and symbolizing unity among women: “For us.”

Kinetistep

Floor tiles that convert kinetic energy into sustainable electricity. Our initiative will bring these floor tiles to homes and offices as well as high-traffic public areas.

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