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How to Compete

Explore the innovation challenges offered this season and see what grabs your interest.

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    Pick a challenge

    Any of the challenges grab you? Sign up to compete by clicking the Accept Challenge button for the challenge you want to enter or clicking the general Get Started button at top right.

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    Set a timer and come up with as many ideas as you can in short order. Don't limit yourself! Go wild with the rapid ideation then look over your list and choose your best idea.

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    Submit your idea

    Once you've signed up to compete you can access the online entry form and get to work building your entry. Just remember to submit your idea by December 15, 2021.

Ready to dive in?

Get Started

It’s time to start the rapid ideation! Go big and bold with your ideas. Get creative.

Exciting times! The judges are taking a first look at entries now. Good luck!

Are you in it to win it? It’s time for our finalists to crush it during 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!

September 15

Click an Accept Challenge button to sign up to compete then start brainstorming. Entries are due by 11pm ET on December 15, 2021.

December 16

All first round submissions are evaluated and scored by multiple judges. The Top 10 teams in each challenge category advance to the final round of competition on February 21, 2022.

February 26

The finalists in each challenge category get a chance to wow the judges with a 1-minute video pitch. Finalist videos are due by 11pm ET on February 25, 2021.

March 31

The judges are evaluating the Top 10 entries again and watching all the pitch videos to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each challenge category. Winners announced March 31, 2022.

September 15

Explore the winning entries from the latest challenge cycle and stay tuned for the next one! A whole new set of challenges will launch September 15, 2022.

Exciting times! The judges are taking a first look at entries now. Good luck!


Who can compete?

Young Innovators

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!


Team Up or Ride Solo

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.


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


An app to make shoreline monitoring, water quality and ecosystem health data more accessible to the public.

Techquity Repairs

A computer repair business that offers tech support to low-income students and also trains and employs them.

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