• The Cisco Global Problem Solver challenge aims to recognize student entrepreneurs that promote and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies, products and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

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  • The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs at public high schools in the United States.

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  • The Drucker Prize continues to recognize the organization that best exemplifies Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” While only one organization will win the $100,000, everyone who applies will get something just as valuable: powerful new tools for effectiveness.

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  • Our American Story is inspired by the foundational events that occurred in Virginia in 1619. These events reflect stories of triumph, injustice, struggles, innovation, and success, and they indelibly influenced and continue to shape today’s America. Stories of our past challenges, inequities, and successes help us appreciate how far we have come and also inform our path forward to ensure a better future.“Our American Story” is a digital student contest (for 8th-12th grades) designed to foster creativity, cooperative learning, critical examination, and discussion among our country’s next generation of leaders.

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  • The goal of the National Science Foundation's VIZZIES Challenge is to communicate science, engineering and technology for education and journalistic purposes through public submissions in photography, illustration, games & apps, video and posters & graphics.

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  • Offering $10 Million in prize money, 76West is an unparalleled competition focused on growing entrepreneurs and attracting resources from the U.S. and around the world to build clean energy businesses and jobs in New York State’s Southern Tier Region.

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  • The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is a new competition aimed at encouraging students to design products and services to improve the lives of older adults. The challenge topic is chosen in collaboration with aging service providers and investors, who identify the most pressing needs.

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  • INSPIRE. ENGAGE. LEAD. Young people are moments away from being tomorrow’s decision-makers and this program offers them a chance to practice their critical thinking, tap into their creativity, and offer their fresh perspective on issues within our society.

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  • Outstanding inventions in STEM and other creative fields are judged by a panel of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials for feedback, brainstorming and encouragement on taking inventions to the next level of innovation

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  • The Dreampipe Challenge aims to stimulate the development of new or improved ways to help water utilities in developing countries mobilize adequate funding for non-revenue water (NRW) reduction activities.

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  • Supported by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, Tufts University, and Child Obesity 180, the Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) was a competition designed to identify and reward the most creative, impactful, and scalable school-based programs and technologies to promote children's physical activity.

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  • The Nationa Science Foundation invited students to submit an original idea for a superhero, using modern nanotechnology research to inspire unique gear for their hero. Submissions included a short written entry, as well as a short video or comic, that illustrates the superhero's nanotechnology-enabled gear.

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  • The RELX Environmental Challenge seeks projects that advance sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or develop access to improved sanitation.

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  • Project HeHa (HeHa means super happiness), believes that people have a deep and fundamental need to be happy and to help others become happy too. This Challenge encourages entrepreneurs and creators to come up with new ideas or ways to tap into unmet needs and co-create a happier world. Project HeHa will provide over $100,000 in cash prizes, and up to $1M in potential investment.

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  • The Verizon FreeBee Perks Video Game Innovation Challenge 2017 is designed to help and reward game players, developers, and publishers who want to think of creative ways to make game play even more fun and rewarding by giving out free mobile data to the users.

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  • Behold the world’s largest business idea competition. 43North gives out $5 million in cash prizes each year to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe.

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  • A national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that help make play easy, available and fun for kids and families.

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  • Developed by Project Paradigm (a private foundation) and the American Red Cross, the Paradigm Challenge asks youth ages 7-18 to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires - America's #1 disaster threat.

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  • The ImagineNation Challenges seek to inspire, provoke, and promote innovation in health and health care that not only spur innovation, but help foster a community of innovators in Canada.

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  • INFUSE aims to identify innovative ideas and technologies that will lead to sustainable and widespread improvements in immunisation delivery in developing countries.

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  • Crash the Parties is an embedded reporter competition developed by Fuse and Voto Latino to bring excitement and diverse voices to the 2016 election. Two lucky winners will report from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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  • The Walgreens Expressions Challenge is designed for teens to showcase their creative perspective on healthy lifestyle choices. The Challenge motivates participants to voice their opinion on critical life issues they face daily through creative writing, visual arts and media arts.

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  • In an effort to expand the boundaries of patient monitoring, Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford Health System are challenging the employees of both companies to find effective solutions using the automobile to facilitate connected health monitoring.

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  • The National Spelling Bee Spellebrity Video Contest is an opportunity for individuals or teams of up to four people to brainstorm, film and edit a video of up to five minutes in length that inspires other students to want to read.

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  • Inspire Mountain View is awarding grants to projects and programs that make Mountain View a more compassionate and equitable community, and a better place to work and play.

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  • The Children's Prize seeks the best and most effective project that proposes to save the greatest number of children's lives with $250,000.

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  • The Bridging the Word Gap Challenge will award $300,000 in prizes to support innovative solutions that can help promote early-language development among children from low-income families in the U.S.

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  • The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and mtvU host a national competition recognizing excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work.

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  • The RuleBreaker Awards honors and celebrates those entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing it their way. Some have created whole new industries; others have revolutionized industries that have existed for hundreds of years.

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  • Inviting innovative ideas, the Nissan Innovation Garage asked contestants to submit their inventive concepts in 500 characters or less.

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  • The Deloitte RightStep™ Innovation Prize seeks to recognize a 501(c)(3) organization or a for profit organization with a social mission that has a proven approach that leverages technology innovatively to achieve key outcomes in education.

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  • CappSci Inventors at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami is a 5-year, 1 million program to develop innovative solutions in the health and environmental sectors. The CappSci Inventors program solicits submissions of early stage inventions with local relevance and global significance.

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  • The Auggie Awards celebrate excellence in Augmented Reality. Each year, the best of the best in the augmented world compete for a one-of-a-kind Auggie Trophy as well as sponsored prizes in both hardware and software categories. Winners of the 2015 Auggie Awards will be announced during a live ceremony at the Augmented World Expo.

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  • The Cade Museum Prize is an annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida. The goals of the $50,000 prize are to provide seed capital and publicity for great ideas with market potential.

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  • The purpose of the Miller Ingenuity Challenge is to build on the current resurgence in American manufacturing. The best and brightest minds can offer effective and imaginative ways to attract innovative leaders and workers at all levels within the manufacturing field.

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  • Recognizing those within the scientific community working to solve many of today's challenges and honoring the 'unsung heroes' of the laboratory, who are dedicated to their cause.

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  • National Science Foundation challenge asking community college students to propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems

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  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office awards for businesses, universities, and non-profits using patented technology to aid the less fortunate and reach underserved markets.

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  • The KAUST Seed Fund is a product development funding mechanism that can help move promising ideas forward toward commercialization and ultimately, formation into new businesses.

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  • HopeLab, the nonprofit organization sponsoring Ruckus Nation, challenged entrants to imagine a new product, fun and cool enough to make kids want to get up and move around. HopeLab supported the development, testing and distribution of products based on the best ideas.

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  • Founding partners NASA, NIKE, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State formed LAUNCH. This event sought innovations that leverage or advance ‘green chemistry' to transform the system of materials and manufacturing to one that advances global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet's resources.

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  • FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) students, alumni, host family members, and placement organization representatives were among those invited to submit their reflections on the impact the FLEX program has had on their lives.

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  • The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge is intended to recognize practices and systems that are successful in working with patients to achieve exemplary hypertension control rates greater than 70%, improve understanding of successful implementation strategies at the health system level, and motivate practices and health systems to intensify their hypertension control efforts.

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  • The BREAD Ideas Challenge is a call to the scientific community to identify the next big research foci for the BREAD program. The focus of BREAD, or Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development, is on novel, transformative, basic research with direct relevance and potential application to smallholder agriculture in the developing world.

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  • Each year, the Friendship Schools present an awards ceremony to recognize the Teacher of the Year. The top teachers are chosen based on their ability to fulfill three core promises to students: individual accountability, instructional excellence, and extraordinary results for every student.

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  • Your World, Reimagined' is a global design competition that asks professional and student designers to tackle an old, dilapidated, or run-down locale and redesign it for a new, improved use. Entries can range in focus from adaptive reuse to landscape reclamation or object redesign.

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  • Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama's initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passion for playing and making video games.

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  • In May 2013, COIN launched the Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge, which was designed to showcase and accelerate innovators with high-growth potential ventures who are willing to share their lessons learned from obstacles and adversity.

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  • The National Science Foundation, Division of Astronomical Sciences along with Astronomy magazine and Discover magazine, is holding a unique contest centered on capturing images of the expected bright Comet ISON (C/2012S1).

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  • Students submit new product ideas and create development plans to compete for a Seed Capital Award of up to $100,000 in cash and professional services to help with fundraising, IP protection, incubator space, legal issues, prototyping, licensing, and product development.

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