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Challenge Overview

Much of your life is likely spent using technology. Technology improves our lives by solving problems, making tasks easier, and by providing entertainment. Students are invited to submit their idea of a digital solution via video or written description. Learn more below.

Deadline to enter has been extended! Submit your entry by Thursday, January 17th at 8PM ET!

Challenge Brief
Groups of 1-4 students in grades 6-8 and at least 10 years old will identify a problem to solve utilizing a digital solution in the form of a mobile app, websites, robots, wearable tech, smart home device, etc. The digital solution must answer the following question: How can we improve the world?

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  1. Getting Started

    Review the Ignite Innovation Student Challenge details and have your parent or guardian get started with registration.

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  2. Create

    Work in a team of 2-4 students or on your own to design a digital solution to improve lives.

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  3. Submit

    Make sure your entry meets all criteria on the Ignite Innovation Student Challenge Checklist and in the rules.

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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 a virtual mentorship with TCS employees and the chance to work with TCS to make your idea come to life for top entries in Health, Our Planet and Education.

Winner's Circle:

Six $1,000 scholarships

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  • Submission Period

    Begins: August 28, 2018
    Ends: January 17, 2019

  • Judging

    Begins: February, 2019
    Ends: March, 2019

  • Winner Announcement

    March 2019


  • 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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