THE CHANGE THE WORLD CHALLENGE is a twice yearly contest to develop innovative, technological ideas with the potential of changing the world. The Challenge is open to all current RPI students, but interdisciplinary team submissions are particularly encouraged. It is a twice-yearly competition to develop innovative technology ideas with the potential of changing the world in energy, water, trust, security, and other areas. Read about the program's inception here.
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A chance to meet and work with like-minded students on something really important.
|An opportunity to get an early validation of your idea.|
We are looking for big ideas in the areas of:
Ten student submissions were recently selected as winners of Rensselaer's "Change the World Challenge" idea competition for Spring 2013. Undergraduate and graduate students from Rensselaer’s schools campus–wide submitted proposals to the contest. Twenty two students – representing ten entries – were named winners and will receive funding to pursue their ideas further. Created in 2005 by Rensselaer alumnus Sean O’Sullivan ’85, the competition is intended to support entrepreneurship education and inspire ideas to improve the human condition by providing cash awards of $1,000 or more for ideas that will make the world a better place.
Learn from prior winners’ success. Hear how they think as they discuss their ideas, experiences and advice.
|2012-2013 Winners||Spring 2013 winners.||View Detail|
|Fall 2012 winners.||View Detail|
|2011-2012 Winners||Watch Video||Spring 2012 winners.||View Detail|
|Fall 2011 winners.||View Detail|
|2010-2011 Winners Video Interviews.||Watch Video||Spring 2011 winners.||View Detail|
|Fall 2010 winners.||View Detail|
|2009-2010 Winners Video Interviews.||Watch Video||Spring 2010 winners.||View Detail|
|Fall 2009 winners.||View Detail|
|2008 - 2009 Winners Video Interviews.||Watch Video||Spring 2009 winners.||View Detail|
|Fall 2008 winners.||View Detail|
|Spring 2008 winners.||View Detail|
|Spring 2007 Awards Event Video.||Watch Video||Fall 2007 Challenge winners.||View Detail|
|Read about 2007 Challenge winners success in international competition.||View Detail|
|See 2007 Challenge winner's 500,000 Euros presentation at Green Challenge competition.||Watch Video|
A special $5,000 grant has been created to help accelerate traction for the 2013 Change The World Challenge team that demonstrates
a strong commitment and progress in pursuing their idea to commercialization.
Click here for details on the 2013 winning team.
Click here for details on the 2012 winning team.
Click here for details on the 2011 winning team.
Click here for details on the 2010 winning team.
The entry deadline for Fall 2013 entries will be Monday, November 11th.
To better understand the competition’s criteria and what the judges look for, attend the Pre-Entry Information Session on TBA at the Multi-Disciplinary Design Lab (MDL) in the Jonsson Engineering Center.
The awards for Fall 2013 will be declared on Sunday, December 1st.
These are being sponsored by Rensselaer alumnus; business and social entrepreneur, Sean O′ Sullivan. To read more about Sean O′ Sullivan please click here.