Invent Your World Challenge

Posted by on March 2, 2009

Invent Your World Challenge Invites Young People to Submit Invention Ideas

Deadline: March 15, 2009

Through the Invent Your World Challenge, Ashoka GenV ( and the Lemelson Foundation ( will help fifty young inventors use their creations to address a local or global challenge and create positive change.

Young people are invited to submit their ideas for a new technology or the adaptation of an existing technology that will help make life easier, the planet greener, or the world better.  Youth whose ideas are selected for support will receive an action plan so that they can apply for funding. They will then submit their action plans and present their projects to a panel of mentors to receive feedback and advice. Once their idea is  approved, they will receive a grant.

The challenge is open to all individuals between the ages of 12 and 20 in North America and Europe, and 12 and 24 everywhere else. Each participant will be required to submit an action plan showing what activities will be carried out and how the grant will be spent, and will need to form a team with at least two other youth to qualify for funding.

A panel of distinguished judges will choose five of the best invention ventures to participate in a global roundtable on climate change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( ). Judges will also award one team a  $20,000 scholarship for college.

The last day to submit a project idea is March 15, 2009. Visit the GenV Web site for complete program information.

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