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Reimagine Challenge Competition – 2020/2021


Application for the Reimagine Challenge Competition – 2020/2021 Entry is now open for university students that he is running through the Schmidt Futures.


The challenge is open to all university students at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and the winners will receive $25 000 for themselves, as well as a matching amount for their universities.


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Beyond these scholarship awards, this is an excellent opportunity for our students to engage in this global conversation and for the university to receive global recognition for the extraordinary work of its students and academic faculty.

Participants are invited to submit a written project proposal that addresses one of the two topics listed below. Proposals should be no longer than 1200 words and must be written in English.

Topic 1: Sparking a Global Movement: What is one concrete way that YOU could motivate 1,000,000 people to work in concert to make the world meaningfully better within 10 years?  What would you do, what would be the key steps to grow an effective massive action, and why would this have significant impact?  Why should we have confidence that you will succeed and how would we know that you had succeeded?

Topic 2: Community Impact from CO-VI-D: What is the most surprising or unusual insight you have had about your community in the wake of the pandemic?  Given this insight, what is the most important concrete action that YOU and a growing group of others could take to help your community or country better respond to changes resulting from the current  pandemic? How would you and we know you had succeeded?

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm EST, Friday, September 25th, 2020.


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Round 1 written submission requirements: 

Proposals for the first round should be no longer than 1200 words and written in English. Essays must be the original work of the student, inclusive of citations as needed, and not violate any existing copyright, trademark, patent or any other intellectual property right of any other person, organization or entity. The submission must include author names, institutional affiliation, and email.  One entry per individual.


All Round 1 proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm EST, Friday, September 25th, 2020. In order to be invited to Round 2, you must submit your Round 1 proposal on time. Invitations to move on to Round 2 are expected to be announced in October. We plan to announce the final winners in December.

Judging Criteria Include:
  • Effectiveness: How many people could this help, and how will it help them?
  • Innovation: How is the idea or approach different from what’s already being done? What secondary effects could it unlock? How will technology help you reach scale?
  • Feasibility: What would the pathway be to make the idea real? What would it take to make that pathway plausible?
  • Measurability: How will you know that the idea is working? To what degree of precision? On what scale (local, national, continental, or worldwide)?
  • Inclusion: How is this idea drawn from and capable of benefiting diverse communities?
  • Ethics: What would be required to ensure that people can act upon the suggestion in ethical ways?
Practice Your Pitch:

To engage with other participants and hone your idea prior to submitting your official written entry below, you are invited to download and use the Hello World – Global Community App here.  [Note: participation on the app is completely voluntary for this round of submissions and will not be considered during judging or reviews of written submissions.]


The Challenge is open to all students currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program (e.g., community colleges, junior colleges, universities, two-year programs, graduate programs, etc.).  All students must be over the age of 18.


To see the complete Terms and Conditions associated with submitting an application for the Challenge, please visit: https://www.reimaginepod.org/challenge

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