par·a·digm (par-ə-,dīm)

noun: a group of ideas about how to approach a problem

chal·lenge ('cha-lənj)

noun: an invitation to engage in a competition

What is the Paradigm challenge?

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference.  The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.

Watch a quick video on how it works.

Who can join the challenge?

Youth aged 4 to 18 (as of May 1, 2017) compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8Ages 9 to 13Ages 14 to 18

What types of entries are accepted?

We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.

How will winners be selected?

A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration.  In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.

Important Dates

May 1, 2017

Deadline for entries

June 1, 2017

Finalists announced

June 1-August 30, 2017

Public voting

July 2017

Final winners announced at prize ceremony

July 2017

Launch of 2017-18 Challenge

The Prizes

The top 100 teams will win cash prizes from $200 to the $100,000 Grand Prize. Up to 4 members from the top 3 teams will also receive a 4-day/3-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony.