Rules & Regulations

Please read the “Rules & Regulations” in their entirety before registering for the Spirit of Innovation Challenge:

  1. Entrant teams must consist of two to five students.
  2. All members of a team must cooperate and actively participate in all stages of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. Team members cannot be changed without prior express permission of the Conrad Foundation.
  3. Entrant teams must have one team coach (adult coordinator) 18 years old or older.
  4. A team cannot change its coach without prior written consent from the Conrad Foundation.
  5. All team members must NOT have graduated high school before April 13, 2014.
  6. Students must be at least 13 years old and no older than 18 at the time of registration.
  7. Students may compete in multiple categories.
  8. Each team coach must acknowledge that he/she has read and understands the terms and conditions set forth in the competition rules in order for the team to be eligible for any awards.
  9. The competition is open internationally; there are no geographic restrictions on eligibility.
  10. The Conrad Foundation reserves the right to disqualify a team or any member of a team at any time if the team or the coach violates one or more of these rules, in the sole judgement of the Conrad Foundation.
  11. Each student must register to become part of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge online community.
  12. Students who have competed in the past:
    • May compete again, so long as they still meet the above criteria.
    • Must have made significant advancements or changes to a product, if they opt to submit an innovation similar to what was submitted in a previous year's Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

Competition Materials

  1. Submissions must be entirely the work of the student team members. Team coaches may guide students, but may not do any writing of the submissions.
  2. Submissions must not copy or use other materials without properly citing the source.
  3. General entry, semi-finalist and finalist teams are responsible for submitting required content on or before posted submission deadlines.
  4. Semi-finalist teams must submit the Technical Concept Report, Business Plan, Video and Graphical Representation (the "Competition Materials") electronically via the Spirit of Innovation Awards submission portal in the online community. A team’s submission will only be considered complete if all three files have been entered by the submission deadline.
  5. The team’s basic information (name, location, student members) will be posted on the team’s public online profile. Each team has the option of posting information about their product to the public profile sections of the Conrad Foundation online community. It is the responsibility of each team to determine how much detail about their concept is publicly viewable, bearing in mind that such public disclosure may later be considered a bar to obtaining a patent relating to the disclosed information in the U.S. or other countries. 
  6. The Conrad Foundation reserves the right to publicly use team information to promote the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. This public team information includes the team’s basic information, any video it uploads to the public section of the Conrad Foundation website, uploaded pictures of team members, the team’s logo, and any abstract of the team’s concept posted by the team to the online community.  However, the Conrad Foundation will not disclose the team’s Competition Materials to the public.
  7. The Conrad Foundation reserves the right to update these competition rules at any time for any reason. All registered teams will receive notice of any changes to the rules.

Guidelines for Online Community Use

As part of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge’s commitment to making (the "Site") a great place to meet and interact with others around the world who have a passion and commitment to science, technology, engineering, math and innovation, you agree to abide by this Code of Civility. By participating in the Site, you give your commitment to this Code in all Spirit of Innovation Challenge resources, including profiles, team pages, forums, chats, posts and comments, emails, social media sources, etc. ("Communication Services") and help create a positive experience for all the community’s users.

Read Conrad Challenge Code of Civility here.