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Challenge Overview

The 2020 TCS' Ignite Innovation Student Challenge is now closed - stay tuned for winner announcement in May 2020!

Challenge Brief
How can we improve the world? The TCS’ Ignite Innovation Student Challenge wants to inspire students in 6th-8th grade and at least 10 years old to answer this question by sharing an idea for a digital solution, like a mobile app, website, robot, or wearable tech. Work with a team (up to 4) or on your own to define a problem that can be solved through a digital innovation in the areas of Health, Our Planet, or Education. All you need is an idea communicated via a 1-2-minute video that addresses how the digital solution will improve the world and the computational thinking strategies that were used to guide to the solution to win BIG! Check out the Challenge Overview, Idea Starters and for some inspiration -- our 2019 Ignite Innovation Student Challenge winners!

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1st Place:

$10,000 scholarship, a virtual mentorship with TCS employees and the chance to work with TCS to make your idea come to life!

Top Pillar Prize:

$7,500 scholarship for top entries in Health, Our Planet and Education.

Winner's Circle:

Six $1,000 scholarships

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  • Submission Period

    Begins: October 21 2019
    Ends: April 9 2020

  • Judging

    Begins: April 2020
    Ends: May 2020

  • Winner Announcement

    May 2020


  • Creativity 20% of score

    demonstrates a fresh approach and clear computational thinking vision to a real world problem

  • Content 40% of score

    how well the entry addresses the requirements of the Challenge

  • Persuasiveness and effective communication 20% of score

    be clear and thoughtful

  • Overall Presentation 20% of score

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