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Paradigm Challenge

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Students to
Develop Practical, Innovative Solutions to Real World Problems

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Project Paradigm

Deadline Date:

05/01/21 11:59 PM PST


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International students and teams of students ages 4-18 to participate in a competition to develop innovative solutions to global problems. The competition was designed to inspire youth from around the world to solve real-life problems using creativity, kindness, and collaboration. Finalists will be eligible to win cash prizes in order implement their winning project ideas.

All types of ideas are welcomed, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help address one or more of the Paradigm Challenge Projects. For more information on the Paradigm Challenge Projects please see:

A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate Finalist entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration to determine the First, Second, Third, and Grand Prize winners.

Up to four team members associated with the top entry in each age division (ages 4 to 8, ages 9 to 13, and ages 14 to 18) (and a parent or guardian for each team member) will receive a 4-day/3-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony.

Cash Prizes For First, Second, And Third Place Winners In Each Age Division: Project Paradigm will select a First Place, Second Place, and Third Place winner in each of the following three age divisions:

  • Division 1: Ages 4 to 8
  • Division 2: Ages 9 to 13
  • Division 3: Ages 14 to 18

Beyond the Prize Money: Sponsor wants to help the winning ideas have an impact in the world. In addition to the prize money, Sponsor may, in its sole and absolute discretion, provide additional support to facilitate the development and/or implementation of one or more winning ideas. Among other things, Sponsor may (a) provide funds for legal advice regarding potential patent, trademark, and or copyright protection, (b) attempt to make or facilitate introductions to manufacturers, interested organizations, and/or other persons or entities, (c) collaborate directly with team members, and/or (d) promote one or more winning ideas on the Site.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180979

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Number of Grants:

Project Paradigm will select no less than 100 entries as Paradigm Challenge Finalists.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Winning teams with four or more qualifying members will share the following cash prizes:
- First Place: $10,000
- Second Place: $2,000
- Third Place: $1,000
If a First Place, Second Place, or Third Place team has less than four qualifying members, each qualifying member will receive 25% of the team prize amount listed above.

- Grand Prize Winner: Project Paradigm will select one of the First Place teams as the Grand Prize winner. A team of four or more qualifying members that wins the Grand Prize will share $100,000 instead of the $10,000 First Place Prize. If the Grand Prize team has less than four qualifying members, each qualifying member will receive $25,000.

- Cash Prizes For Remaining Finalists: The Finalists who do not win a First Place prize, Second Place prize, Third Place prize, or the Grand Prize will share a cash prize of up to $200 per team. If a Finalist team has less than four qualifying members, each qualifying member will receive $50.

- Finalist T-Shirts: Finalist team members will receive an official Finalist t-shirt. Project Paradigm may, in its discretion, limit the number of Finalist t-shirts per team.

- Trip To Los Angeles For The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony: Up to four Participants from each First Place team (and a parent or guardian for each such Participant) will receive a 4-day/3-night trip to Los Angeles to celebrate and attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: The Challenge is open only to individuals who: (a) will be aged 4 to 18 years old on the date that a timely entry is submitted; (b) have their parents’/legal guardians’ permission to participate in The Challenge; and (c) are not residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, the Crimea Region, or any other United States sanctioned country.

Sponsor, in its discretion, may require persons who register for and/or are members of a team in connection with The Challenge (collectively, “Participant” or “Participants”) to provide verification of eligibility. The following individuals are not eligible to enter or win The Challenge: current or former (within the immediately preceding 12 months) employees, officers, directors, and contractors of Project Paradigm, Blue Laser Design, Okta, and anyone involved in the administration of The Challenge (including judges), and any member of the immediate family (i.e., a child or grandchild) or household of any of the foregoing individuals.

There is no minimum or maximum team size. While Sponsor encourages each Participant to join a team and collaborate with other Participants, single person teams are permitted.

Participants are permitted to be members of more than one team and teams are permitted to submit more than one entry. Participants who are on multiple teams and/or who are members of teams who submit multiple entries are eligible to win more than one cash prize.

Pre-Application Information:

- The Paradigm Challenge is an ongoing student competition with new Challenge Projects announced every two years.
- The entry period for the Challenge begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time PST on May 2, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on May 1, 2021.

Ten Steps to Complete the Challenge:
Contest rules:

Important Dates:
- May 1, 2021: Deadline for entries
- May 2, 2021: New Challenge announced
- June 1, 2021: Finalists announced
- July 2021: Final winners announced at prize ceremony

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The registration portal can be found on the Project Paradigm website (see URL for Text below).

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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