Online Challenge for Students with Award of up to $10,000 from Minerva Organization

Online Challenge for Students with Award of up to $10,000 from Minerva Organization



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15 Nov 2020
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Minerva Challenge is now available for students all over the world. The Minerva Challenge is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. This six-week program will give you the opportunity to apply design thinking skills to a problem facing students around the world: how to reimagine education post-COVID-19. This is your chance to work within a small team and share your best ideas.

About the Challenge:-

  • Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, education systems around the globe have shut down and effective learning has taken a backseat. Without a clear plan at national levels, each high school and university has had to design and implement its own alternative methods of continuing education.

  • As President of the Innovation Committee at your high school or university, the administration tasked you with creating a cohesive plan to restart educational opportunities for all students within the next six weeks. The new method must be accessible to all students previously served and ensure that the quality and effectiveness of the education is not compromised —ideally, it is enhanced. Due to the uncertainty as to when educational institutions will be able to re-open in person, it is imperative that the model be sustainable in nature.

  • The Minerva Challenge will mostly happen asynchronously and rely heavily on collaboration with your team, consisting of you and up to two other individuals.


  • This challenge is open to students in their final years of high school or those who have completed high school within the last two years (graduated from high school in 2019 or later.) 

  • Most participants will be between the ages of 16-20. 

  • You can be located anywhere in the world as long as you have consistent access to the internet so you can engage with mentors and your teammates.

  • The team must consist of up to 3 participants at maximum. 


The Minerva Challenge winning team will be awarded a $1,000 USD prize and, if qualified, a $10,000 Minerva Scholarship.

Challenge Syllabus:-

  • Week 1: Join the Challenge.
  • Week 2: Creating Your Team.
  • Week 3: Defining the Problem.
  • Week 4: Designing Your Solution.
  • Week 5: Refining Your Presentation.
  • Week 6: Submitting Your Innovative Idea.

Evaluation Criteria:-

Submissions will be judged on the following aspects:

  • Concept.

  • Creativity and innovation.

  • Practicality and realistic capability.

  • Individual contribution and team work.

  • Overall presentation.

About Minerva:-

Minerva Organization is intensely focused on improving the collective future by advancing your individual development. Minerva is defined by seven Guiding Principles, which inform every decision it makes, from outreach and admissions to academics, residential life, and professional development. Minerva offers its extraordinary degree programs in collaboration with one of the most innovative graduate institutions in the world: KGI (Keck Graduate Institute.) which is a leader in the applied sciences.

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